Back Country Band Time Sawyer Announce Release of Seventh Studio Album, 'Mountain Howdy'

Time Sawyer, a band that's been described as alt-country, folk rock, and everything in between, is set to release their hotly-awaited seventh studio album, Mountain Howdy. 

The band hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, which is where vocalist and guitarist Sam Tayloe first formed Time Sawyer in 2010. The lineup currently features multi-instrumentalist Luke Mears (guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and vocals) and vocalist/banjo player Houston Norris, who are also natives of Tayloe's hometown of Elkin, North Carolina. Meanwhile, Jordan Nelson (who hails from Winston-Salem) lays down the drums and New York City  native Court Wynter  - the only member who isn't originally from North Carolina - plays bass. It may be this geographical combination of members that gives Time Sawyer a deep roots sound that's part indie-folk and all Americana.

The album kicks off with the chugging percussion of "All The Time" with an energy that's instantly reminiscent of Johnny Cash's take on "Orange Blossom Special." Just like that legendary train, Mountain Howdy is here to take listeners on a journey into the world of "real people and real songs," as the band likes to say. Through the heartbroken storytelling of "I Wish I Could (Talkin' Blues)," the haunting ode to the Hollywood-bound "Mary Jane," and the sunny banjo picking in "Robin," each song is layered with traditional Southern-fried country rock elements that make them fit like a well-worn pair of blue jeans while still featuring a sound that's fresh and exciting.

A press copy of the full album Mountain Howdy is available upon request.

It's a fitting followup to 2017's Wildest Dreams, which was deemed by critics as "the band's most mature work to date." Over the years, Time Sawyer has earned praise for their increasing sophistication, skillful instrumentation, and ability to keep crowds coming back for heartfelt ballads as well as toe-tapping tunes that promise a good time for all.  

The band's wide appeal is what has brought them to the stages of some of the biggest music festivals in the Southeast, from MerleFest, FloydFest, and Bristol Rhythm and Blues Reunion to Rhythm n' Blooms, Carolina in the Fall, and IBMA's Bluegrass First Class. They've also shared bills with the likes of Langhorne Slim, Steep Canyon Rangers, Phil Cook, Joe Pug, The Marcus King Band, The Wood Brothers, and many others. 

Upon its release, Wildest Dreams was named one of the Huffington Post's favorite musical picks of 2017. With its new take on a classic country sound, Mountain Howdy is sure to land the band on many more favorites lists for the year to come.  

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