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Time Sawyer

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“Mature and Masterful.” — Pat Moran, Creative Loafing

“These are songs the listener will find themselves compelled to turn to again and again for the reassurance of the vocals, the talent of the instrumentation and because the album is just that good.”
— Jennifer Harp, No Depression

“Time Sawyer have back country American 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 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 an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.

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 lead vocalist/guitarist Sam Tayloe and vocalist/banjo player Houston Norris, share. Time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences and giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.

“[Disguise the Limits] features a sense of humor, heart, and charisma and, most notably, ear catching instrumental interplay far beyond traditional bluegrass and folk tropes” — The Charlotte Observer

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.