Country music fans can expect to Sawyer Brown take the main stage at the Lincoln County Fair on July 15 at 9:30 p.m.
Starting out in 1981 in Apopka Fla., Sawyer Brown began as a road band for another singer. The band would play any venue that that they could perform at from clubs to pig roasts.
“There’s no such thing as a gig we wouldn’t take,” Mark Miller laughs. “We knew that we wanted to play music and we knew that we wanted to work at being the best live band there was—and the only way to do that, was to get out and play shows. And so we did.”
Since that time Sawyer Brown has released 23 albums and 50 chart single hits, including “Some Girls Do” and “The Walk”. The band has also accumulated several CMA, ACM and CMT awards. However, keyboardist Hobie Hubbard says that a live performance is what really makes it all worthwhile.
“Live is where it all comes together for us,” Hubbard says. “The audience brings its own energy, we bring our own energy and the music—and the combination of all of that is what makes playing live so unique. It exists for that moment in time—you’re either there, or you’re not a part of that moment. We’re blessed to be able to be a part of those moments night after night.”
During their career, Sawyer Brown has covered over million miles. Drummer Joe Smyth says that several people have seen them during this time.
“We love getting to hear the stories of where people have seen us play—and the number of times they’ve seen us play,” drummer Smyth says.
“For some, we’re their weekend getaway—they’ve seen us all over the country. But we never lose sight of the fact that on any given night, it’s going to be the first time someone’s seen us—and that’s exciting. We want that show, that night, to live up to everything they hoped for when they came to the show. Couldn’t ask for better motivation.”
Hubbard says that the connection that much of their inspiration comes from the everyday lives of people
“It’s always humbling when someone comes up after a show and tells us that they hear themselves or their family in our music,” he said. I hope that they can look up there on stage and see themselves—because we can sure look out at them and see ourselves. Every day we’re on the road, one of the best parts of the day is waking around whatever town we’re in and just soaking it in—listening to folks talking in restaurants, just watching life unfold one story at a time.”
Miller says that making memories while on the road is what Sawyer Brown strives to do.
“What we try to do—what we’ve always tried to do, I think—is capture those moments that matter, and capture them in a song,” Miller says. “It seems to me that it’s really the small moments in life that are the big ones, anyway.”