By Angela Urban
Sawyer Brown took the stage at the Blue Gate Event Center in Shipshewana, Indiana for their first show of 2017. The group, from Nashville TN, is made up of Mark Miller (Lead Singer), Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard (Keyboards), Shayne Hill (Lead Guitar), Jim Scholten (Bass Guitar) and Joe Smyth (Drummer). Mark & Gregg are from Apoka, Fl. they started playing music together in high school, they met up with the rest of the band as they worked as Don King’s band in 1979. Taking their name from the street where they rehearsed in Nashville, they became Sawyer Brown. They went onto the talent show “Star Search” winning the $100,000 prize from Ed McMahon in 1983. As Mark Miller says, “We were the original American Idols”.
The first time we saw them was when they opened for Kenny Rogers and Ray Charles at the Allstate Arena in 1984. Mark’s energetic dance moves on stage have not changed in 36 years, if anything he still amazes the crowd that he can move like that. From their first number 1 “Step That Step” video that featured Comedian Gallagher, to their other hit songs made into videos “Six Days on the Road”, “Some Girls Do”, “The Boys and Me” and “The Dirt Road” they are still having fun and entertaining the crowd for the entire 90 minute show. They throw in a few other hits like “Jessie’s Girl” and “Rock’n Me” sung by Shayne and Gregg belts out a great “ Life’s Been Good” and “Don’t Stop”.
If you want a Rockin’ country show, go see Sawyer Brown. After all these years, they’ve still got it.
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Setlist Sawyer Brown live at Blue Gate Event Center in Shipshewana Indiana
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