‘Catch of the Day’ – Sawyer Brown [AUDIO]
Today's catch of the day comes from a band from Apopka, FL, that originally got together as the back-up band for country/pop singer Don King. When King retired in 1981, the quintet broke off and formed a group they decided to call Savannah.
Guitarist Bobby Randall, bassist Jim Scholten, drummer Joe Smyth, keyboardist Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard and lead singer Mark Miller, broke out on their own, struggling to find success under the name Savannah. Shortly auditioning for the TV show Star Searchin 1983, the band decided a name change was in order, choosing the name of a street that ran past where the group practiced; Sawyer Brown was born. They auditioned only to get a tape of the performance to use to promote the band; they ended up winning the grand prize of $100,000 and a recording contract with Capitol Records.
Originally known for the country/pop sound they had polished playing with King, the band slowly matured and redefined their sound throughout the 80's. By 1991, the band's affiliation with Capitol had dissolved, as well as founding member Bobby Randall. Randall was replaced by guitarist Duncan Cameron. The group's new record company Curb Records, allowed them to move away from gimmicky/pop country the had become known for, and explore the matured sound they had been developing. Part of the band's new success could also be credited to songwriter Mac MacAnally, who wrote several of the bands early 90's hits. The result was a string of top-20 hits that included "Some Girls Do", "Thank God For You" and "Drive Me Wild", all number 1 hits.
By the late 90's, hits were beginning to flow less frequently, and by 2003 they parted with Curb Records, though Curb released material through 2005, and a Best Of album in 2008. The band split with guitarist Duncan in 2004, replacing him with Shayne Hill. In 2008 the group released a traditional Christmas album, Rejoice, and in 2011, their first main stream album in 6 years, Travelin' Band on Matt Miller's Beach Street Records label.
The group is back in the studio, working on new material for an upcoming, as yet unnamed album. The first single from that project is in our spotlight today. Sawyer Brown and "We Got The Night", today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.