An Evening with Sam Tayloe (Time Sawyer) & Mike Ramsey
Through his full band vehicle, Time Sawyer, Sam Tayloe is interested in “real people and real songs” and that’s just what the listener finds in his music – a sense of realness. Blending a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics, Tayloe pulls the listener in with introspective ballads that land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.
For Sam, time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences and giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past. He has performed either solo or with Time Sawyer on the stages of some of the Southeast’s most iconic festivals, including Merlefest, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Rhythm n’ Blooms, Carolina in the Fall and IBMA’s Bluegrass First Class sharing bills with the likes of Langhorne Slim, Phil Cook, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wood Brothers, Joe Pug, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and many more.
From Tayloe come memorable lyrics and strong melodies that result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops. Sam continues to develop a loyal and growing fan base. Whether playing in an intimate listening room or a large outdoor festival, the goal is to forge a face-to-face connection with the audience so that all become friends who happen to be fans. He’s definitely our friend and you should be his.
After all the doors opened from putting out his first EP “Between A View Of The Moon”, from playing many of the stages in the region to opening for touring artist like Donna the Buffalo and Hiss Golden Messenger, Mike Ramsey still didn’t feel like he had found his voice as a songwriter. Spending more time listening to the great songwriters and writing without the guitar in his hands, Ramsey wrote a series of “May Morning Poems” focusing on lyrics. Through these poems, he found the start of his next project.
Now armed with a new batch of songs, Ramsey hopes to not only “Justify the songs he’s sung,” but prove he can call himself a songwriter. The new EP “Colorado” was recorded at Old House Studios and mixed by Jamie Mefford (Nathaniel Rateliff/Gregory Allen Isokov). This recording is the result of not only a maturing songwriter but maybe a maturing individual.
“These songs found me in the happiest time of my life, but still with the feeling there’s more out there, more to accomplish” Ramsey said, “I think that’s the perfect place for me as a writer. Hopefully that comes through”