Shotgun Sawyer is a blues-infused Rock n’ Roll band from the golden Sierra Foothills of Northern California. Made up of bassist Brett “The Butcher” Sanders, vocalist/guitarist Dylan Jarman, and drummer David Lee, their musical style is a unique and passionate blend of Mississippi Delta soul, Classic 70s fuzzy riffs, and even 90s Grungy grit.
Shotgun Sawyer originally formed under the moniker “Thunderchief” in January of 2015. Childhood friends, Brett and Dylan began playing music together in highschool. They only just started to consider pursuing their first formal project together when Brett asked experienced local musician David Lee to sit in with them during a jam session. The result was so explosive, the trio began to book shows that very same week.
Over the next year and a half, Thunderchief became a local sensation in the rural Gold Country towns they played, appearing at several community events, playing sold-out bar shows, and receiving glowing reviews from local press for their energetically charged live performances. While it became clear in 2016 that the name Thunderchief would need to be scrapped to avoid confusion with other up-and-coming musical acts, the debut album they recorded that year, “Thunderchief,” pays homage to those excited, early days. The album consists of the very first songs Brett and Dylan ever wrote together, along with the rest of the originals that made up the band’s ever-expanding live set.
Having settled on their new name, Shotgun Sawyer began to broaden its scope and reach on the West Coast. Sacramento, Chico, Reno, and the Bay Area became regular stomping grounds, while the band began to extend into Southern California, Las Vegas, Portland, and beyond. The band evolved musically as well, maturing in their sound, and becoming something more than the sum of their inspirations; something their own.
Appearing at festivals like GremFest and Off Beat in Reno or First Festival in Sacramento, by the summer of 2018, Brett, Dylan, and David felt ready for a new challenge: Europe. Booking slots at legendary independent music events like Sjock Fest and Raut Oak, and selling out shows in France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Poland, and Switzerland, the band returned home ready to record a second album. Shotgun Sawyer signed a deal with underground Heavy Rock purveyors Ripple Music, and “Bury The Hatchet” was released in 2019 to rave reviews, topping charts and breaking records for units sold. As the year closed, everything was in motion for Shotgun Sawyer’s return to Europe, with hints at breaking into Japan and South America shortly after.
Shutdowns of venues and travel endemic to Covid-19 restrictions ground that momentum to a virtual standstill, but the band has been hard at work utilizing the time behind closed doors. With 20+ new songs under their belts, and bookings in the US and Europe opening again, the band is poised to continue their ascent. 2021 will see the first-ever vinyl release of their debut, “Thunderchief,” on Ripple Music, with a ramp-up in live performances, and time in the recording studio to boot. With any luck, by the time the band tours Europe again in 2022, it will be in support of their third full-length album.