Review Of Sawyer Brown's
Six Days On The Road
By Lisa A.Reed
After taking a year off from recording, and cutting back in their touring schedule Sawyer Brown is back in full force with their 14th album from Curb Records titled "Six Days on The Road." With eleven new songs, seven of which were written by Mark Miller, and two incredible remakes, the band has a relaxed fresh sound. This album was recorded in Sawyer Brown's own studio, which is actualy an old house in Alabama. They used the natural reverb from the rooms which made the album have a less sterile sound and a more live sound.
Mark Miller's songwriting skills have never been better. Of the penned Miller songs "Another Side" is a song that has a lot of feeling that many war veterans or military people may understand. It is about the Cival War and Miller sings the song like he is their. The man in the song is in the war from the south but he does not like fighting; "Them Northern boys are friends of mine, but I've got my southern pride, I'm standing here a fightin' wishin' there was another side." He knows their is no other way through, and this is how it has to be. "Small Talk" co-written by Miller and Mac McAnally, is a fun song about gossip, talk shows and exploiting magazines that are everpresent in todays life. This song will remind you of yourself most likely and at the same time make you laugh; "It's small talk, don't you know what I heard about so and so, Can't wait to tell somebody it's gettin better every time." "Half a Heart", co-written by Miller and Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, is about a guy who is doubting the love of his girl. Some days he knows she loves him, and other days he is unsure because of the way she treats him. The guy has "Half a heart" to leave. "Transistor Radio" sounds like it would be a corny song, but Miller's voice attracts you to the song, and the music combined with the lyrics make it a fun sweet song about "Cowboys and Cowgirls" at a dance wanting the night to last forever. The other Miller penned songs are "A Love Like This," "Every Twist and Turn," and "The Nebraska Song." "The Nebraska Song" is number 18 on the album and the most powerful song. It was inspired by Brook Berringer, a good friend of the bands, for the Nebraska Second Title National Championship. The song is haunting with very powerful lyrics; "I came up from Goodland Kansas Turned 18 today. I'm college bound for Lincoln, Nebraskas wherei'll stay." The song never was played however, because of Berringers tragic death the day before the event. This song is dedicated to his memory.
The two remakes are "This Night Won't Last Forever," and "Six Days on The Road." "This Night Won't Last Forever," the next single, is a 1979 pop hit written by Bill LaBounty and Roy Freeland. LaBounty wrote previous songs for the band, "Used to be Blue" and "Heart don't fall Now." With this song the band sounds like they did when the first were starting. "Six Days on The Road" is a remake of the early 60's classic by Dave Dudley, which pays homage to the American truck driver. Steve Earl has also done a remake of this song around 1989. Sawyer Brown's version does not have the feel of a trucker, like the others, but it does have the feel of a travling band which S.B. is. They put a lot of kick into the song and it is a great uptempo song.
"Six Days On The Road" has some of the best Sawyer Brown material in years. After a few albums with the band as the spokesperson for the American Farmer it seemed, Sawyer Brown has moved in a new direction. Somme of the songs sound like Sawyer Brown from 10 years ago while others sound like a whole new Sawyer Brown. The band has grown up a lot since their first album. Taking the past year off and slowing down and takin their time on this album has done the band good. The material is fun and well written. This album is a band sounding album. Altogether, the band has never sounded more fresh and relaxed! It is like they have a whole new outlook. I for one am very pleased with the work on the album and if it means that Sawyer Brown has to take a year off to make their next album, then that is fine with me, it will be well worth the wait.
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