Since rocketing to stardom by winning the TV competition Star Search in 1984, Sawyer Brown has been thrilling audiences with rousing shows and a long string of top 10 country hits. After more than 4,500 concerts around the world, the band still loves the energy of a live performance. Lead guitarist Shayne Hill, keyboardist Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard, bassist Jim Scholten, drummer Joe Smyth, and the man in the hat, lead singer Mark Miller, famously never plan a set list in advance. They just follow the audience’s mood. With more than 50 charting singles, including number one hits “Step That Step,” “Some Girls Do,” and “Thank God for You,” they have plenty of songs to choose from.
About the band:
It’s hard to know where to start when talking about Sawyer Brown.
More than 4500 shows and counting. More than a million miles behind them and still seeing the highway miles click by outside their bus window. Twenty-three albums. More than 50 chart singles. CMA, ACM, and CMT awards on the shelf. To pull a line from one of the band’s enduring hits: “This is the life and times of a travelin’ band.” A traveling band, indeed. Always on the move—on the road, on stage, and in their career. When asked about what keeps him motivated on the road, lead singer Mark Miller says, “It’s playing the next show. Be grateful for where you’ve been and be excited about where you’re going.”
That excitement has been on display since the very first time Sawyer Brown stepped foot onstage in the early 1980s. Beginning as the road band for another singer, Sawyer Brown broke out on their own playing everything from clubs to pig roasts in those earliest days. “There’s no such thing as a gig we wouldn’t take,” Miller laughs, remembering the beginning of the ride. “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.”
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