Birthplace: Elkin, NC

Photo: Kendall Atwater

Photo: Kendall Atwater

Instruments Played: Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica

Musical / Personal Influences: Ryan Adams, Jim Croce, Seth & Scott Avett, Dire Straits, Song for A Prisoner (album), Sturgill Simpson, Aretha Franklin, Dallas Green, Joe Pug, JJ Cale, and so many more. 

Favorite Concert Attended: Seeing City & Colour in Raleigh at the Lincoln Theater the summer of 2012. Behind songwriting, I'm really big on instrumentation and what artist choose to use to bring out the best in their songs.  They used my favorite instruments and melted the place at all the right times.  Turns me on just thinking about it.

Favorite Time Sawyer Moment: 2012 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. It showed me that this is something I can do for a living, something I need to do.

What Drives You To Play Music: Music gives you the ability to connect with everybody in some shape or form. It is such an emotinally powerful tool.  Its so honest and true. It gives me the opportunity to connect with people for I think we're all going through a lot of the same issues in our own ways.  Writings songs lets me say what I need to say while being able to connect with people who may be feeling the same way I am.  

 

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