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Time Sawyer / Bio

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. TS blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on a high energy entertaining show. Hailing from the rolling foothills of Elkin, North Carolina, the folk rock band honors its rural roots while also exploring the changes that time brings. Lead vocalist Sam Tayloe and lead guitarist Kurt Layell recorded an acoustic EP together in 2009, but the addition in 2010 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. Its follow up, The Maroon Album, addresses the push and pull between the past and the future, and ultimately arrives at a place of trust for the path being walked. The memorable lyrics and strong melodies result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops.

Performances at venues like The Visulite Theater, The Evening Muse, and The U.S. National White Water Center have gained Time Sawyer a growing fan base. Whether they’re playing in an intimate coffee shop or an 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. Joining the music festival circuit last summer Time Sawyer shared the stage with several great artist such as The Dirty Guv'nahs, City and Colour, Mandolin Orange, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival. The Charlotte-based folk rock band recently returned from a southern tour in support of their fourth CD, Headed Home. Join us in a city near you and hear the music that has won over new fans from Tennessee to Texas.

"Time Sawyer was one of the bands to walk away from the Tennesee/Virginia border with honors". -Blank Newspaper

"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

General Info

Band Members
Sam Tayloe, Houston Norris, Kurt Layell, Clay Stirewalt
Artist Name
Time Sawyer
Home Page
Active Since
Folk / Americana / Singer/Songwriter

Contact Info

Concord, NC

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