SCOTT SAWYER has been making music for years, playing venues of every description: music clubs, beer-soaked dives and prestigious venues around the world. Though Sawyer can swing cerebrally, solving prickly harmonic riddles like a mathematician, he’s at his best as a blue collar improviser combining funk, earthy jazz and accessible blues that make the listener wanna holler. ”
Once Upon A Time, guitarist Scott Sawyer heard the album “Righteous” by a band called DAG.
The groove got his attention, and even though he had known DAG members Bobby Patterson (bass) & Kenny Soule (drums) for awhile, he hadn’t worked with them together.
After a pickup gig w/ guitarist/singer Chris Harris in Raleigh, NC, they rehearsed and booked a real gig for April 15th, 1999…which inspired Scott to arrange George Harrison’s “Taxman”. They named the band GO THERE and had so much fun that they decided to do it again. Gigging sporadically, they managed to develop a cult following.
Eventually other projects and priorities got in the way. GO THERE disbanded in December 2004.
In November 2006, Sawyer returned to the studio with Kenny Soule (Nantucket, Dag) on drums, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) on electric bass, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi-Trucks Band) on Hammond Organ; flute and Ron Brendle (Frank Kimbrough, Mose Allison) on acoustic bass.
The album Scott Sawyer “Go There” was released in May 2007.
“…we’re pleased to play Scott’s music…it sounds great on the air and fits the channel perfectly. Keep up the great work…” – Russ Davis (Program Director, XM Radio “Beyond Jazz”; 11/16/07)
“The Baddest Motherf*****s I’ve heard in 10 years!” — Oteil Burbridge (8/1/04)
“One of the best bands playing through the circuit!” — Eric Mullins (Owner, The Pourhouse Music Hall; Raleigh, NC)
“Go There is definitely a breath of fresh air, demonstrating an example of where we can all go when we step outside the box and take that musical chance.” — RaleighMusic.com Show review ( Jay Shirley)
“Though Sawyer can swing cerebrally, solving prickly harmonic riddles like a mathematician, he’s at his best as a blue-collar improviser, combining earthy jazz and accessible blues that make the listener wanna holler. My fave Sawyer-led combo is “Go There”, a rockin’ power trio fueled by the percolating backbeat of Kenny Soule (ex-Nantucket) and the bass rumble of Bobby Patterson.” — Joe Vanderford (The Independent Weekly “Best Bet’s” )
“Go There is about as nasty as it gets! These guys will twist and turn a tune that will bring you to your knees, begging for mercy and hoping for more. And, despite the absence of vocals, a Go There show will never leave you wishing for a song to be sung, as the melodies and grooves captivate the audience from beginning to end.” — Mike Rosado (RaleighMusic.com)