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Sawyer Brown Get to the Stage On Time in Franklin

by Rich and Laura Lynch

To commerorate Sawyer Brown's 40th anniversary the popular country music band is planning wide distribution of their career-retrospective documentary Get Me To The Stage On Time. But first, the film made its debut showing on Sunday, October 1, 2023 as part of the Nashville Film Festival at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee.

Mark Miller at the Franklin Theatre.

Get Me To the Stage On Time is a behind the scenes look at a band that has traveled millions of miles, made 24 albums, and played over six thousand shows - all thanks to legions of fans they could count on, even if Nashville counted them out. It's a David and Goliath story that transcends musical genres, just like the band has. It's the American Dream by way of a dirt road - and it's the story of a band that turned 15 minutes of fame into a 40-year career. The in-depth exploration of the country music outsiders traced the many ups and downs they experienced over four decades by highlighting all of their most important songs in an organized and chronological manner.

Bobby Randall at the Franklin Theatre.

Even more exciting was the fact that the band took to the Franklin Theatre stage following the movie premiere to play many of those songs including "Some Girls Do", "Thank God for You", "Step That Step", "The Walk" and their own take on the George Jones classic "The Race Is On" for the excited and enthusiastic sold-out crowd - proving just why their 1980's victory on the first-ever televised singing competition Star Search was certainly no fluke.

Duncan Cameron at the Franklin Theatre.

Adding even more power to the proceedings was the fact that this performance marked the first time all three of their resident guitarists Bobby Randall, Shayne Hill and Duncan Cameron performed together on stage while closing out the surprise show with a sneak preview of the title track from their new album due March 2024.

Shayne Hill at the Franklin Theatre.

That record will be the Blake Shelton-produced album Desperado Troubadours that has already seen the road-warrior anthem first single "Under This Ole Hat" drop to rave reviews as the band revisits and revitalizes their 90's country sound with their fast-paced, twang-laden excellence that inspired the next generation of country artists and cemented them as one of the most important cultural staples of the genre in the 80s and 90s.

Sawyer Brown take a well deserved bow in Franklin.

Related Links: For more information on SAWYER BROWN and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Sawyer Brown | Franklin Theatre | On Location with the 2023 Nashville Film Festival


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