$12 advance/15 at the door - All ages show
Time Sawyer is interested in “real people and real songs” and that’s 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 a high-energy, entertaining show.
The folk rock band’s name reflects the pull between the past and the future. The character Tom Sawyer evokes the rural background and love of home that the four band members, who all hail from the rolling foothills of Elkin, North Carolina, share. Time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences, giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.
Lead vocalist Sam Tayloe and lead guitarist Kurt Layell recorded an acoustic EP together in 2010, but the addition in 2011 of Houston Norris, on banjo, and Clay Stirewalt, on drums, allowed them to create a richer sound at their live performances and on their albums.
Time Sawyer's first album, "Time for a Change", placed high on WNCW’s list of Top 20 Regional Albums of 2011. Each subsequent album has demonstrated 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.
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 coffee shop 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.
Time Sawyer Is: Clay Stirewalt, Houston Norris, Kurt Layell, Sam Tayloe
"Standing at the crossroads of rustic folk, mountain bluegrass and rocking alt-country, Elkin, N.C.’s Time Sawyer is a young band with plenty of old soul. They craft catchy, uplifting, not-too-polished tunes that retain the uncertainty and grit of daily life. The hooky but rough-hewn indie Americana of Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle and Jeff Tweedy are obvious influences, but the band’s roots stretch far and wide to include echoes of Buddy Holly’s rockabilly shuffle and Nashville Skyline-era Bob Dylan’s countrified warble. With an average age of 24, the foursome is energetic — they’ve released four albums in three years — and musically mature, weaving banjo, guitar and harmonica into an easy-going, organic sound that seems to have sprung fully formed from the Yadkin Valley soil."
-Pat Moran, Creative Loafing CLT
“Their sound [is] more a crossroads between early Jeff Tweedy, Uncle Tupelo alt-country, and modern indie-Americana superstars like Mumford and Sons and The Head and The Heart. Their songwriting is charismatic, and they are all technically capable musicians”
- S. Preston Duncan, RVA Magazine
Time Sawyer have back country America dust layered finely in their songs. The folk rock the band delivers has an easy Americana texture, influenced by peers from Poco through The Jayhawks and beyond."
- The Alternate Root
"Time Sawyer was one of the bands to walk away from the Tennessee/Virginia border with honors".
-Elizabeth Murphy, Lauren Fyfe, & Rusty Odom - Blank Newspaper's review of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival
"Their music features great melodies, lyrics that stick in your head, and most of all a kind of 'realness.' If you like The Avett Brothers you probably know what I mean by 'realness.'"
- Jody Mace: Charlotte on the Cheap
"Their sound took me back to beach trips as a kid, when we'd listent o Ryan Adams' 'Gold' over and over while we passed sand dunes and sea grass. It's pure American, with hints of blues here and there".
- Avant Greensboro
Out of 60+ nominated, Time Sawyer's Time For A Change was recently named #16 on WNCW's Top Regional Albums of 2011.
"I have to say that this CD [Time For A Change] reminds me a lot of Bob Dylan. Strong, meaningful lyrics, simple and accessible melodies, and there's even something in your voice that sounds like Dylan, except that you can sing. The arrangements are great! This is a fine CD."
- Dan Joseph: CKWR-FM 98.5 in Waterloo, Canada
“[Time Sawyer] Has become a young band led by a vision”.
- Brett Willis, Elkin Tribune
"I don't like Country. I don't like the banjo. You guys....suprisingly kickass."
- Bouncer at the NC Music Factory, Charlotte, NC