January 29, 2015 By Karpf
The Scotts Bluff County Agriculture Society will welcome Country favorites Sawyer Brown to the stage Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds in Mitchell.
Sawyer Brown got its start when Ohio-born singer/songwriter Mark Miller hooked up with Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard while both men were studying at the University of Central Florida in the late 1970s. After moving to Nashville in 1981, Miller and Hubbard formed the band Savannah along with bassist Jim Scholten, guitarist Bobby Randall, and drummer Joe Smyth. The group soon decided that they needed a more original name; they changed their name to the Nashville street where they went to rehearse, Sawyer Brown.
Sawyer Brown’s first number one hit, “Step That Step,” stayed on the Billboard country charts for 21 weeks and earned the band the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award for new talent. Unfortunately, gaining a position on the charts turned out to be the exception for Sawyer Brown, rather than the rule. The group only managed two more top ten records through the end of the decade: “This Missin’ You Heart of Mine” and “The Race Is On.”
Sawyer Brown wrote “The Nebraska Song” in honor of Brook Berringer, a Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback who died in a plane crash on April 18, 1996. The song was actually written before his death. The song appears on the group’s album Six Days on the Road. Mark Miller also served as a pallbearer at Berringer’s funeral.
Members include Duncan Cameron, lead guitar, dobro, mandolin, steel guitar, background vocals; Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard, keyboards, background vocals; Mark Miller, guitar, vocals, songwriter; Jim Scholten, bass; Joe Smyth, drums.
Sawyer Brown has released twenty studio albums, of which three have been certified gold in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies. More than fifty of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three Number One singles. Sawyer Brown also received a Horizon Award from the Country Music Association in 1985, as well as a Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997 from the Academy of Country Music and 5 Vocal Band Of The Year Awards from the TNN Music City News Country Awards.
The Sawyer Brown Concert will be at 8 p.m.
Tentative fair dates are Aug. 1-8, events will include:
Aug. 5 — Rubber Check Race
Aug. 6 — Heartland Pulling Tractor Pull
Aug. 7 — Mud Bog
Aug. 8 — Sawyer Brown Concert
Aug. 22 — Demo Derby