Sawyer Brown is one of the few bands in country music history to be thrown into the spotlight early in their career as winners of a national award. The band’s high-energy compositions have won them legions of fans along the road to Music City acceptance.
After winning the $100,000 first prize on Star Search, the band signed with Curb Records in Nashville. By the end of 1985, they scored three straight top ten hits. Sawyer Brown’s first number one hit, “Step That Step,” stayed on the Billboard country charts for 21 weeks and earned the band the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award for new talent. The group managed two more top ten records through the end of the decade: “This Missin’ You Heart of Mine” and “The Race Is On.”
1990 marked a turning point for the band. The group’s 1991 album The Dirt Road, featuring “The Walk,” a single written by Miller, as well as Café on the Corner, released the following year, each received favorable critical reviews and went on to become gold records. Sawyer Brown had claimed their position as one of Nashville’s top country bands, and the popularity of “The Walk” helped solidify their spot among country music’s most respected acts.