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Sawyer Brown is a country music band formed in 1981 at a Pizza Hut restaurant in Apopka, Florida. Lead singer Mark Miller asked keyboardist Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard to play piano for a couple of songs he had written. The two left for Nashville, Tennessee, where they met up with Florida drummer Joe Smyth, Michigan bass player Jim Scholten and original lead guitarist Bobby Randall. They first called the band “Savanah”, but renamed themselves “Sawyer Brown” after Sawyer Brown Road, the street where they rehearsed. Miller likes to say “We thought it would be easier to get work if people thought we were one person.” The band played up to five sets a night, six days a week, until they auditioned for the TV show Star Search in 1983. They auditioned just to get the videotape to promote the band, yet ended up winning the $100,000 grand prize and record contract.

The band signed with Capitol Records and scored a Top 20 hit with their first single, “Leona,” in 1984. That success was quickly followed by their first #1 hit, “Step That Step”. The band had their ups and downs on the charts throughout the 1980s. But radio success was not really Sawyer Brown’s strong suit. It never was. Rather, they have been successful due to their live performances. Fans flock to the band’s concerts year after year, whether the band performs in a stadium, state fair, or casino. The live shows, more than anything, sustained the band until 1989’s remake of the George Jones hit “The Race Is On” put them back near the top of the charts.


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  • catgus

    These guys have been on my backburner for too long....must put that right!

    2 Mar 11:47am Reply
  • Alter_Idem

    Just got home from a show. They played a couple of the new tracks. Cannot wait for the album (pardon me "the download") to come out now.

    12 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jevousverrai

    it always amazes me when I hear a song I like for years, and then finally find out it's Sawyer Brown. I've had that happen like, 4 times.

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • pilgrimage145

    Very suprised there's no full tracks.

    30 Jun 2008 Reply
  • ThreeNineNine

    My favorite band!

    18 May 2008 Reply
  • tehprincess

    They're the most underrated band in country music.

    29 May 2007 Reply
  • countrygurlks

    sawyer is great i luv some girls do

    18 May 2007 Reply
  • Bob3743

    Thanks! I'm not into the big hair country look.

    27 Mar 2007 Reply
  • ABJones

    Added a new photo for people to vote on. One where they don’t look 80’s

    2 Oct 2006 Reply

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