Gypsies On Parade

Volume 12 - Number 2

ACM Top Vocal Group 1997!

After twelve years of finding themselves in contention for the honor---Sawyer Brown came home from the ACM Awards on April 23rd as Top Vocal Group of the Year! The fans never doubted for a moment that Sawyer Brown was the Academy's best choice, but the band was completely taken by surprise. Mark and Hobie were momentarily stunned by the experience of hearing Sawyer Brown's name announced as the winner. Upon arriving at the podium to accept on behalf of the entire band Hobie said, "We've been coming here since 1984, and I think I'm glad you guys didn't rush into anything. It gave us a chance to realize just how great these awards are."

Mark was also in shock and even a bit speechless (due to a unfortunate reaction to drinking some lemonade.) He soon recovered, "Never in a million years did we ever expect to take one of these home."

A short time later Gary Chapman teased Mark and Hobie as they took stage to present New Female Vocalist of the Year... with their ACM trophies still in tow. After waiting twelve long years to get their hands on one who could blame them? Inside sources tell us that Mark keeps his trophy close to his side. It has made a temporary home in Mark's sleeping bunk on the tour bus.

Blockbuster plays host to Sawyer Brown fans

While some people spent April 15th scrambling to finish their taxes Sawyer Brown was celebrating the release of their latest album "Six Days On The Road". The day's events included a signing party at one of the local Nashville Blockbuster Music locations. Fans patiently stood in a long line as they waited for autographs and pictures with the band.

New Single And Video On The Way

On April 16th Sawyer Brown and director Mike Soloman were busy filming a video, for the latest single "This Night Won't Last Forever", off "Six Days On The Road". When the video makes it's way to TV, the fans will be pleasantly surprised with something a little different...infact, something that's not been done before.

Filmed on location inside beautiful Oceanway Studios (previously an old church), the video challenged everyone involved because it was done with live sound... no lipsyncing to prerecorded sound tracks. On top of the special audio requirements, the crew also found themselves in pretty tight quarters once all the lights, cameras, sound equipment and extras were placed on the set. When it was all said and done the final product yielded yet another spectacular video. Fans can also look forward to special guest appearances by Steve Wariner and Mac McAnally.

Sawyer Brown To Do Benefit Concert In Nebraska

On April 15th Sawyer Brown attended a press conference in Lincoln, Nebraska to announce plans for a benefit concert at the 1997 Nebraska State Fair. The band will pay tribute to their friend Brook Berringer by donating all proceeds from the concert to endow a University of Nebraska football scholarship and provide support for the Brook Berringer memorial fund.

Sawyer Brown's recently released album includes a special tribute song to Berringer called, "The Nebraska Song," which they will perform live for the first time on the August 26th State Fair concert. Reserved-seating tickets are available through the Nebraska State Fair ticket office.

Following the press conference, Sawyer Brown performed the National Anthem at the Nebraska Red-White spring game. Over 42,000 people were in the attendance.

The Berringer family along with Bob Romeo (President of the Dob Romeo Agency) presented Sawyer Brown with a cake in honor of their recent win at the Academy Of Country Music Awards on Wednesday April 23rd.

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