Gypsies On Parade

Volume 12 - Number 1


The New Material: with Mark Miller

Some things are fitting. On the doorstep of the next millennium, Sawyer Brown's latest release, "Six Days On The Road", stands as a perfect metaphor for one of the country's most popular and enduring bands. As the world plunges headlong into the age of high technology, the title track is a celebration of simple, old-fashioned hard work and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Some of you may recognize this first single, "Six Days On The Road", as a remake of the early 1960's hit by Dave Dudley---a country classic for over three decades which pays homage to a American truck driver. It could just as well be the the story of Sawyer Brown. "Six Days" has been rattling around in my head since I was a child," says Mark. "It was one of the last things we cut because I felt like we might need one more great up tempo song for the album. It starts out kind of subdued and builds to where the band is just smoking by the end. I think we definitely put our imprint on it"

The second single will be a country rendition of the 1979 pop ballad "This Night Won't Last Forever". Bill LaBounty, one of the song's co-writers was writing hits when Sawyer Brown was still a young band. Most established songwriters save their best stuff for the major artists. "But Bill was willing to give us *a new band* two great songs," said Mark. Both songs, "Used To Blue" and "Heart Don't Fall Now" were big hits for the band. "I'll always be grateful to him for that. This particular song I used to do on club dates. It's one of the song I learned when we put the band together. Michael Johnson had a big pop hit with it."

Not to despair, the album also contains several songs penned by Mark Miller and Hobie Hubbard as well as the album's co-producer Mac McAnally. Several of the new tunes such as "Talkin' 'About You", "Small Talk" and "Another Side" have already been well received by the fans out on the road. "Talkin' 'About You" was written by Mark Alan Springer and Neil Coty. Mark Alan Springer is an old basketball buddy of Marks. They knew each other when they were both still struggling artists. "He's on a roll these days. I asked him to come over and play me some songs. I heard 'Talkin' 'About You' and immediately knew that we had to cut it."

"Small Talk", which Mark co-wrote with Mac McAnallly, was well on it's way even before the lyrics were finished. "Mac and I started writing that and recorded the track before we finished the lyrics. It felt really incredible,even though I was just singing 'dah-dah-dah-dah-dum.' We weren't sure if it was gonna make it or not. I woke up one morning and the missing verse in my head!"

"'Another Side' is a song that takes place during the Civil War, and I'm singing it as is I'm there. The Civil War actually in some cases pitted family members one against the other. I hope people will take it for what it's meant to be. Maybe it'll make someone ask themselves what would they have done in that situation."

"We cut this in our own studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, which is an old house house with a bunch of music and recording equipment in it. One luxury that affords is that everyone can bring in all their gear and just leave it there for the whole process, so anything and everything we need is right at our disposal. Plus the house has a lot of good sounding rooms, and we use the natural reverb of the rooms. There's the excitement of a live recording happening that's hard to get in a more sterile, studio environment. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, and that shows on the album. There was room to take our time and experiment, and things at our level. This is very much a band-sounding record."


Six Days On The Road
Takes Sawyer Brown on filming escapade to Miami, Florida.

In early January when many fans through out the country were scooping snow from their sidewalks, Sawyer Brown and a host of film crew staff were working in the hot Florida sun on their newest video clip, "Six Days On The Road."

Sawyer Brown shared the stoplight with their video co-star a midnight blue 1955 Ford Country Squire Wagon. Acquisition of the car took places in December amid busy preparation for the video shoot. While director Mike Saloman (who has directed the last twelve videos) was developing the video concept producers were scouting locations and Mark was car shopping. The ford Wagon was purchased in North Carolina and transported to Miami on a flat bed trailer.

One especially tense moment for the band and film crew came when a curious onlooker stopped to watch, a second driver did not realize that the car in front of him had come to a complete halt. Quickly reacting Mark took the car (and the band) into a ditch and saved them from becoming involved in a highway collision.


Six Days On The Road
And I'm Goin' To Fly Home Tonight

The band no longer has to take "The Dirt Road" every time they travel.Last spring Mark became a member of the jet set by purchasing a Cessna Citation. Although Mark continues to be concerned when he is unable to see the ground, he finds little difficulty getting on board when the airplane is heading back to Nashville.

Here are the most common questions asked about the plane:

How fast will it go? 400 miles per hour
How high will it fly? 41,000 feet
How far can you go nonstop? 900 miles or more
How many people will it hold? Seven

And just who is it that flies the plane? Buddy Ross is our chief pilot accompanied by Dave Freeman...and yes, our very own Duncan Cameron. All three men have airline transport pilot certificates.


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