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About Wildest Dreams:
After a four-year studio hiatus, North Carolina darlings, Time Sawyer (led by members Sam Tayloe, guitar/vocals and Houston Norris, banjo/vocals) is proud to introduce the release of their sixth studio album, Wildest Dreams
. As the follow-up to their well-received album Disguise the Limits
, Wildest Dreams
is a mature and focused work. Recording for the first time under the direction of Grammy award winning producer Mike Ashworth (Steep Canyon Rangers) Time Sawyer has taken a sharp and centralized songwriting approach while inside the walls of the acclaimed Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC.
Time Sawyer's interest in producing "real songs for real people" is just what the listener finds in their music - a sense of realness. Listeners will hear tasteful vocal harmonies layered across capable stories, as well as the undoubtedly addicting and entertaining melodies that toe-tapping fans have come to love and expect from Time Sawyer. The memorable lyrics and strong melodies result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops. The album's producer Mike Ashworth emphasizes that "This record is the perfect step in following the writing. Their songs, which come from a heartfelt place, have the ability to draw you in and put you there."
Featured APD Showcase Vol 5 Track:
There and Back Blues
Release Date: March 17th, 2017
Songwriter: Sam Tayloe ASCAP
Publishing: Mentally Tight Productions ASCAP
Sam Tayloe ASCAP
Mentally Tight Productions ASCAP
Sea Green Eyes - 4:17
Oak & Pine - 3:18
Ball & Chain - 2:47
Anyway, All The Way - 4:28
There & Back Blues - 2:40
One House Down - 5:49
How Long - 4:26
Queen City on Fire - 3:28
all rights owned by Time Sawyer Band llc. 2017
Sam Tayloe - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Houston Norris - harmony vocals, banjo
Bob Barone - pedal steel, electric guitar, mandolin
Jordan Nelson - drums, additional percussion
Luke Mears - harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
Ian Wagoner - electric guitar
Zach Smith - upright bass
Mike Ashworth - organ on track 5
Harry Kollm - bass guitar on tracks 1, 5, 6, 7
Clayton Stirewalt - drums on tracks 1, 5, 6, 7
Kurt Layell - guitar on tracks 1, 5, 6, 7 & co-writer on track 3
Mixed and edited - Jim Georgeson, assisted by Clay Miller.
Mastered - Stephen Smith at Soundsmiths Mastering
Produced - Mike Ashworth
Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios (Asheville, NC)
Album concept design and layout
Brandie Kinugawa at Ink Floyd (Charlotte, NC)
Kevin Barrell - creator of original hummingbird drawing.
Additional album layout - Bill Barten
About Time Sawyer:
Time Sawyer is interested in - real people and real songs - and thats just what the listener finds in their music, a sense of realness. Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyers songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.
The folk rock bands name reflects the pull between the past and the future. The character Tom Sawyer evokes the rural background and love of home that lead vocalist/guitarist Sam Tayloe and vocalist/banjo player Houston Norris, share. Time is a muse for songwriting; its the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences and giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.
Time Sawyer has performed on the stages of some of the Southeasts most iconic festivals, including Merlefest, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Rhythm n’ Blooms, Carolina in the Fall and IBMA’s Bluegrass First Class. They’ve shared bills with Langhorne Slim, Phil Cook, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wood Brothers, Joe Pug, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and many more.
The band’s original members, including guitarist Kurt Layell and drummer Clay Stirewalt, along with Tayloe and Norris, started performing and recording together while they were all students at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. They went on to record five albums together, each demonstrating growth, with more skillful instrumentation and more sophisticated arrangement, all while retaining the honesty and directness that has been a hallmark of their music from the start.
Today Time Sawyer is Sam Tayloe and Houston Norris, who are joined by some of the region’s most talented instrumentalists, allowing the band the flexibility to perform as an acoustic duo, a six-piece band, or anything in between.
The memorable lyrics and strong melodies result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops. Time Sawyer continues to develop a loyal and growing fan base. Whether they’re playing in an intimate listening room or a large outdoor festival, their goal is to forge a face-to-face connection with the audience so that they become friends who happen to be fans.