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Mark Miller, lead singer and front man for Sawyer Brown at the NAEC meeting June 4. (Hill 'n Holler staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Mark Miller, lead singer and front man for Sawyer Brown at the NAEC meeting June 4. (Hill ‘n Holler staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Salem, Ark. — Sawyer Brown were the star performers at the North Arkansas Electric Co-op’s 75th Anniversary meeting Thursday, June 4, and definitely helped blow out the candles on the cake.
The band, which is celebrating it’s own 35th anniversary this year, got off to a slow start but went out with a wild, rocking crowd on its feet screaming bad ass bang.
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger doesn’t have anything on Sawyer Brown’s lead singer Mark Miller when it comes to moving — this guy makes the Energizer Bunny look like he’s standing still.
Keyboard player Greg “Hobie” Hubbard and Miller are a matched pair of rockers who move and sing together producing the core SB sound.
The band opened with “Six Days on the Road” and closed with “Thank God for You.” They encored with “Jesse’s Girl” and “Some Girls Do” and the crowd was standing and howling with joy.
Mark Miller rocks his way through country songs and never stands still. He has his own take on jazz hands, moves and moon walks right up there with the late Michael Jackson. Miller jumps and whirls, moves like a manikin, like a robot, like an Egyptian and Chubby Checker. Wow. All this and he sings too.
Some of the songs on their show play list included “All These Year’s,” Betty’s Being Bad,” “Walk That Walk,” “Revival,” “Dirt Road,” “The Race is On” — and “Dixieland Delight,” which they sang at Alabama’s induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
All of these guys are great, including the “new” guy in the band (since 2004), lead guitar Shayne Hill, who put a “hurt” on “Jesse’s Girl.”
Can’t go without a word about Hobie, a rocker who is tethered to his magic keyboard and still rocks out. Hey gals, he’s cute (and single) too.
To view Sawyer Brown’s official web page, click HERE.
To view their Facebook page, click HERE.
Caroll Lucas
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The full Sawyer Brown band: Shayne Hill, Joe Smyth, Jim Scholten, Mark Miller and Greg "Hobie" Hubbard. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

The full Sawyer Brown band: Shayne Hill, Joe Smyth, Jim Scholten, Mark Miller and Greg “Hobie” Hubbard. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Greg "Hobie" Hubbard, co-founder of Sawyer Brown along with Mark Miller, plays keyboard and often sings. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Greg “Hobie” Hubbard, co-founder of Sawyer Brown along with Mark Miller, plays keyboard and sings. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Lead guitarist Shayne Hill is the "new" guy in Sawyer Brown, having joined them in 2004. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Lead guitarist Shayne Hill is the “new” guy in Sawyer Brown, having joined them in 2004. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Bass player Jim Scholten (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Bass player Jim Scholten (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Mark Miller moves around. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Mark Miller moves around. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Hobie Hubbard moves too. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Hobie Hubbard moves too. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

The crowd enjoys listening to Sawyer Brown. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

The crowd enjoys listening to Sawyer Brown. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge were in the audience. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge were in the audience. (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)[caption id="attachment_16923" align="aligncenter" width="529"]Willie Wirehand, official mascot of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, was at the NAEC meeting. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop) Willie Wirehand, official mascot of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, was at the NAEC meeting. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

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