The time is now to get on the “Sawyer Family” bandwagon

Every once in a while, you tend to stumble across something so cool that it makes you a little bit giddy inside. This was the case for me when I was checking out the results of the GWAR-BQ back in mid August. As I was reading the various posts and viewing the different videos that were being tossed out for viewing, there was one particular band, the “Sawyer Family”, that stood out due to the stand up bass that the lead singer was holding. Of course I had to check it out. It was then that I realized that I was hearing something totally unique and different from anything that I had ever heard. I couldn’t describe it. Was it metal, punk, psychobilly, folk rock? I didn’t know.  For what it’s worth, I still don’t know. What I do know is that I really dug it. Then, I turned the Butcher onto these guys and he was as awed as I was. As I delved deeper into their history, I found that they had actually been at this since 2001. How in the hell have I not heard of these guys before now? As fate would have it, these guys were coming to our little town here in northern California to play a little hole-in-the-wall bar (I call it that affectionately)  called the “Firehouse Lounge” . Actually, a really cool atmosphere for a show. Very up close and personal. Fortunately for us, we were given an opportunity to meet with the band before hand. When speaking with these guys, you could tell that they were very humble and forthcoming about what they do. You could also hear the passion for what they do in their voices. This was all building up to what I thought would be a “pretty good” show. Put me down for understatement of the year. In the 34 years that I have been going to concerts and shows, there have only been a precious few times where I was so blown away that I couldn’t hardly believe what I was seeing before my eyes. This was one of them. It’s difficult to describe. The precision and timing of a band this tight is hard to come by in any genre. These guys were laying it down like the ultimate professionals that they most certainly are. The telling moment was when Butcher looked at me and said “These guys are way bigger than this stage”. He could not have been more right. In the end, I concluded that this was not merely a concert, but rather an “experience”. An experience that I won’t soon forget.

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