Sawyer Brown performs at the University of Missouri last September.

Sawyer Brown performs at the University of Missouri last September. The country-music band will headline SpringFest in Helena in May. 

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Nationally renowned country-music band Sawyer Brown will headline SpringFest in Helena in May. 

With 23 albums, more than 50 chart singles and CMA, ACM and CMT awards on the shelf, the band has played more than 4,500 shows and counting. 

To pull a line from one of the band’s enduring hits: “This is the life and times of a travelin’ band.”

When asked about what keeps him motivated on the road, lead singer Mark Miller says, “It’s playing the next show. Be grateful for where you’ve been and be excited about where you’re going.”

"The band’s live shows are legendary. Having been described as 'the Rolling Stones of Country Music,' the band bounds onto the stage night after night, delivering its own unique brand of high-energy entertainment, and the band remains a perennial favorite at fairs, festivals, theatres, and casinos," SpringFest organizers wrote in a press release.

Sawyer Brown first stepped foot onstage in the early 1980s. Beginning as the road band for another singer, Sawyer Brown broke out on its own, playing everything from clubs to pig roasts in those earliest days.

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Nationally renowned country-music band Sawyer Brown will headline SpringFest in Helena in May.

Nationally renowned country-music band Sawyer Brown will headline SpringFest in Helena in May. 

“There’s no such thing as a gig we wouldn’t take,” Miller laughs, remembering the beginning of the ride. “We knew that we wanted to play music and we knew that we wanted to work at being the best live band there was — and the only way to do that, was to get out and play shows. And so we did.”

The band began by playing 275-300 nights a year for the first decade or more of its career — and has never come off the road. Tireless road warriors, the band thrives on playing live.

“Live is where it all comes together for us,” keyboardist Hobie Hubbard says. “The audience brings its own energy, we bring our own energy and the music — and the combination of all of that is what makes playing live so unique. We’re blessed to be able to be a part of those moments night after night.”

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Sawyer Brown will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. May 18 at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. 

Tickets will go on sale Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.  Prices are $30 in advance and $35 the day of for festival-style tickets (limited seating available). Tickets are available online at www.lccfairgrounds.com, and at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds Administrative office.

For additional information on the SpringFest, visit www.lccfairgrounds.com or call 406-457-8516.

-- Provided by the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds

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