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Sawyer Brown

If you were listening to country music in the mid 1980’s, you probably remember a band by the name of Sawyer Brown.  They appeared on the tv talent show “Star Search” in 1983, winning the Vocal Group category that year. Do any of these song titles ring a bell: “Step That Step”, “Betty’s Bein’ Bad”, “The Walk”, “I’ll Take The Dirt Road”, “Some Girls Do”, “Cafe On The Corner”, “All These Years”, “Smokin’ In The Rockies”? Obviously they’ve had many hits.

I don’t recall how I first came to know about them, but saw them in concert at Harborfest in Norfolk in 1986.  The following year, I saw them at Hampton Coliseum, when they opened for Hank Williams, Jr.  The afternoon of that concert, they appeared at a meet and greet at a local record shop (remember those?).

Marshall and I attended that meet and greet. I still remember little Marshall’s comment to Mark Miller, the lead singer: “I like your music.”

I forgot what I said – I’m guessing I was a bit more stage struck than Marshall.

I also went to a couple more of their concerts, the last one being probably 1995-1996.

Recently, I learned that they would be performing at a theater about an hour from us.  Our tickets to the concert were part of Motor Man’s Valentine gift to me.

The venue was The Beacon Theater in Hopewell, Va. The Beacon was built in 1928, and was originally a silent movie and vaudeville show theater.  It was abandoned in 1981, and sat vacant for many years until a renovation project began in 1999. The theater reopened in 2015. When we stepped inside last Friday evening, I recalled that the last time I was in that building was in 1967, when my late sister, Rose, took me to see the movie “To Sir With Love”.

Motor Man and I had purchased passes for a meet and greet prior to the concert. Sadly, we weren’t able to take our camera in the theater, so cell phone pictures would have to do.

Mark was as personable as could be, as were the other band members.

I took with me the photos from 1987.  All the guys seemed to have one comment at seeing those: “Wow”.

Since I’d kept up with the pictures all these years, I thought it appropriate to have them autographed.

For those of you who remember Sawyer Brown, I thought you might like to see this video I took during the concert, again with my cell phone.  As you can see, we had great seats, and the show was as much as fun as the ones I attended years ago.

 

Motor Man enjoyed the concert almost as much as I did, so I’m thinking that, the next time Sawyer Brown returns to our area, you just may find us in the audience.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

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The Facebook Concert Meme

There’s a current Facebook meme making the rounds in which you list ten artists and state that you’ve seen nine of them perform in person. Your friends are asked to choose which one you have not seen in concert.

Yesterday, I decided to play along.  Although I’ve been to many other concerts, this is my list for the game:

1.) Chicago
2.) Hank Williams, Jr.
3.) Elton John
4.) The Oak Ridge Boys
5.) Elvis Presley
6.) Fats Domino
7.) Jimmy Buffett
8.) Lynyrd Skynyrd
9.) Alan Jackson
10.) Brooks & Dunn

Many friends shared their guesses and some posted their own list.

I decided to stretch the fun out a little longer, write about some of the concerts I’ve attended and reveal the answer to my Facebook post on today’s blog.

CHICAGO was my first concert experience.  It was the summer I was eighteen, fresh out of high school. I drove my ’64 yellow Mustang with black interior and 3-speed on the floor.  My nephew, 2 years younger than me, and a buddy of his went with me.

 HANK WILLIAMS, JR. I must admit, the only reason I saw Hank live back in the mid 80’s was because the group Sawyer Brown opened for him, and I was (and still am) a huge Sawyer Brown fan. Hank’s crowd was a bit too rowdy for me.

ELTON JOHN.  A few months after Motor Man and I began dating, we went with another couple to an Elton John concert at an amphi-theater in Virginia Beach.  The concert was outside, following days of rain, and it was COLD, so it wasn’t the most comfortable of venues. Elton put on a fabulous show, however.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS. My friend, Bev, and I became fans of this group in the early 1980’s. Marshall, then a toddler,  associated William Lee Golden, the group’s member who had long hair and a longer beard, with their hit song “Elvira”. One Sunday morning, a man with long hair and a beard walked into our church, and Marshall said (out loud): “Look, Mom! It’s Elvira!”

ELVIS PRESLEY.  Yes, Marshall’s dad and I went to see Elvis in the early 70’s before we were married.  Of course, our seats were so far away, he was just a tiny speck on the stage.

FATS DOMINO.  Ah, Fats. Marshall’s dad and I saw Fats in concert, also in the early 1970’s, and we had front-row center seats.  What a great performer. Sadly, I had camera issues that night, and did not get any photos. Whenever Fats saw someone standing at the stage with a camera, he flashed the biggest smile you can imagine.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD.  For many years, a friend of Motor Man’s and mine participated in the Kyle Petty cross-country motorcycle trip. This friend wanted his young daughter to be part of the festivities when the group returned to Kyle’s farm in North Carolina following the 2001 ride.  We agreed to bring his daughter to the event, and in turn, we were given tickets to attend. And, Skynyrd was performing. But, did I get pictures?  No….however, this was the crowd attending.

BROOKS & DUNN.  On the spur of the moment, Motor Man and I went to see B & D in concert in 2004, and had fairly good seats for the show.

The artist from that list that I have not seen in person is Jimmy Buffett. Motor Man and I both like his music, and he does come to our area occasionally.  But we’ve never attended one of his concerts.

And now….a HUGE confession, and this is so very embarrassing.   I  named Alan Jackson as one of the artists on my list.  Well, I’ve never seen him in concert either.

The country singer I had in mind was Tracy Lawrence, who appeared in concert at our local racetrack several years ago.  Motor Man and I attended, and I took this picture of Tracy with one of his young fans.  And by the way, that little fella knew every word to every song.

So I apologize to my Facebook friends (and to those of you reading this post  who were also guessing).  There are, in fact, two artists on my list that I have not seen live in concert.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wipe the egg off my face.  And sing a little “Elvira”.

~These Days Of Mine~