Time Sawyer on tap for AMB

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 16, 2013
Time Sawyer on tap for AMB

Time Sawyer, featuring Sam Tayloe, Kurt Layell, Clay Stirewalt and Houstin Norris, will perform Aug. 15 at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.

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Elkin-based American folk rock group Time Sawyer said its sound has been compared to nationally known acts, like “Mumford & Sons” and “The Avett Brothers.”

The band’s members also say their high-energy live shows draw similar comparisons, while offering their own unique take on Americana music that “stretches across several genres, including electric guitar with alternative rock and country,” said the group’s banjo player, Houston Norris.

The band will reconnect with its growing regional fan base at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone.

If you are unable to catch the quartet the first time around, they’ll return Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 at Boone Saloon.

Norris said the band’s name is derived from their roots. The band mates grew up together and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte during their formative years.

“We are from the Elkin area, which is kind of a country and rural area,” Norris said. “Sam (Tayloe) and Kurt (Layell) came up with the name before Clay Stirewalt and I came along. But they liked the idea of (Mark Twain’s) Tom Sawyer character running around the country, barefoot in the fields. When it came to songwriting, the element of time became a part of everything.”

Norris said Time Sawyer is a come–as-you-are band with no gimmicks. What you see, as well as what you hear, is what you get from the group.

“We record all of our CDs live,” Norris said. “You get a true sound on the CD, and that is what you get in person at our show.”

Altogether, the group has released four albums, including a March release, “Headed Home,” that was supported by a seven-week long spring tour.

Time Sawyer has graced stages alongside The Dirty Guv’nahs, City and Colour, Mandolin Orange and Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

Their 2011 creation, “Time for a Change,” placed highly on a regional list of Top 20 Albums in Western North Carolina, according to their fan page.

Next week’s show will also be a personal homecoming for Norris.

“I love the area,” he said. “My grandparents live in Boone, so my earliest memories were spending time there. A lot of us love the scenery on the way to Grandfather Mountain.”

Next week’s stop in Boone is not part of a larger tour, Norris said.

“We are just filling in some shows here and there, but nothing on a long route,” he said. “We are just filing dates as they come along.”

Appalachian Mountain Brewery is located at 163 Boone Creek Drive in Boone.

For more information on Time Sawyer, search for the band on http://www.reverbnation.com or on Facebook.

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