Scott Sawyer/Go There

Scott Sawyer/Go There


Go There is as nasty as it gets! They will twist and turn a tune and bring you to your knees, begging for mercy and hoping for more. A Go There show will never leave you wishing for a song to be sung, as the melodies and grooves captivate the audience from beginning to end. Edgy, Provocative Groove.


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Guitarist SCOTT SAWYER has been making music for years, playing venues of every description: music clubs, beer-soaked dives and prestigious venues around the world. Though Sawyer can swing cerebrally, solving prickly harmonic riddles like a mathematician, he's at his best as a blue collar
improviser combining funk, earthy jazz and accessible blues that make the listener wanna
holler. Scott’s band GO THERE reflects his interest in various genres.

In November 2006, Sawyer recorded "GO THERE" with Kenny Soule (Nantucket, Dag, PKM) on drums, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Oteil and the Peacemakers) on electric bass, Kofi Burbridge (Derek Trucks Band, ARU) on B3 & flute and Ron Brendle (Big Octave, Frank Kimbrough) on acoustic bass. The sessions re-united Sawyer & Soule from the original GO THERE, which enjoyed a cult following in NC but disbanded in 2004. Also, Kofi and Oteil were reunited for their first recording together in 8 years. "There was no prior rehearsal and we had to work very quickly...but it was BIG FUN making this record and the music reflects that!" —(SS)

Today, GO THERE continues to push the envelope. Scott Sawyer (guitar), Kenny Soule (drums),
Ron Brendle (electric bass; Big Octave, Frank Kimbrough and William Stevens (Hammond B3;
SoloS Unit, Artimus Pyle Band) advance the GO THERE tradition of "edgy provocative groove" …compelling originals, unique reconstructions of classic songs and plenty of intense jamming. A melting pot of musical influences, GO THERE is all about taking chances, groove and communication.
From 1982-1996 guitarist Scott Sawyer spent much of his time in the jazz & improvised music trenches. Since then, he has enjoyed a steady return to his rock & blues roots via GO THERE, GHEZZI, MEL MELTON and others while continuing to explore the jazz tradition & beyond. He’s has appeared on numerous recordings spanning various genres including a Grammy-Nominated Performance in 1997 (NNENNA FREELON’S "Shaking Free").

Scott’s latest album, “Go There” was released in May 2007. Sawyer has collaborated with dancers & choreographers: "Blue Diner", a contemporary ballet choreographed by Adam Miller (set to Scott's composition "Blue Diner”) premiered 5/94 at City Center Studios (NYC). Scott performed it live with prima ballerina Marie-Christine Mouis (Paris Opera Ballet, Nureyev & Friends) and others at BALLET GROUP INTERNATIONAL’S Inaugural Concert (Durham, NC-- 5/94). He has interpreted visual art
through his own compositions: check out "Slow Down, Freight Train” & "Dark Lady" on his album, “Go There”. Sawyer has also arranged & recorded music for film (including "Once Around" w/ actor Danny Aiello).

Scott has been a featured artist/clinician/speaker at various venues including UNC-Chapel Hill (NC), UNCGreensboro (NC), University of Wisconsin (Whitewater), University of South Florida (Tampa) and The Institute of the Arts @ Duke University (Durham, NC). He continues to work with a limited number of music/guitar students.
Drummer KENNY SOULE brings a groove steeped in James Brown, British Invasion, Motown, Stax, Psychedelia, 70's Fusion and early AC/DC. Originally from New Britain, Ct, Kenny spent the majority of his years in Raleigh NC, where he established himself as a rock-solid and soulful player.

While pursuing a major in Percussion Performance at East Carolina University in the early 70s, he joined local rock faves Nantucket and toured the Southeast club circuit for years before signing with Epic and releasing three albums. Nantucket quickly became a familiar face on the arena circuit, opening coast to coast for most of the major acts of the era, including KISS, FOREIGNER, BOSTON, TED NUGENT, and AC/DC. In the 80's Kenny formed power trio PKM to much regional acclaim, including one album distributed by Polygram. During the 90's Kenny brought his funky R&B stylings to the masses with DAG, a combo initially formed by visionary producer/songwriter John Custer. DAG released two critically acclaimed CDs on Columbia/Sony along with 4 music videos, and toured the US and Europe relentlessly.

At the turn of the century, Kenny re-established himself in New York City. Drawing on his rich legacy of rock and soul, he is constantly refining his craft with a variety of artists across many genres, including country, Americana, jazz, and blues.
Kenny is a proud endorser of Paiste cymbals, Sonor drums, Pro Mark sticks, and Aquarian drumheads.
RON BRENDLE, a freelance bassist in the Charlotte area since


"Scott Sawyer-Go There" (featuring special guests Oteil Burbridge & Kofi Burbridge) ...released April 2007

"Scott Sawyer-In The Stream" ...released December 1992

Scott Sawyer has been featured on many recordings including Nnenna Freelon's 1997 Grammy-Nominated release "Shaking Free" (Concord Records).

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Set List

Length and number of sets varies.

Original Music AND freewheeling instrumental interpretations of "covers" by artists including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Willie Nelson...others.