The celebrated country artist will release his memoir Feb. 6.
After spending more than four decades as frontman for the trailblazing and award-winning country group Sawyer Brown, Mark Miller has plenty of stories to tell. And he shares some the best and most revealing ones in his new memoir — The Boys and Me: My Life in the Country Music Group Sayer Brown — set for release Feb. 6 by Forefront Books.
Described by Dierks Bentley as “arguably one of the greatest frontmen of any band of any genre,” Miller brings readers behind the scenes of Sawyer Brown’s humble origins and enduring success, noting how the band — initially dismissed by the music industry — first captured attention by becoming the first group to ever win a televised singing competition on Star Search in 1983, then went on to establish a legacy that has lasted four decades, and counting.
"I think folks will be surprised at my early life and how eventually this music thing came about,” Miller told C&I. “My favorite part about writing the book was reminiscing and taking a long trip down memory lane. With the band’s 40-year anniversary coming up, I thought it was time to share my story with all our incredible fans.”
The anniversary celebration continues with the March 8 release of Desperado Troubadours, the band’s first new album in nearly a decade, which was co-produced by Miller and Blake Shelton, and the upcoming documentary Get Me to the Stage on Time, which recently premiered at the Nashville Film Festival, and features interviews with colleagues and admirers such as Shelton, Bentley, Dolly Parton, and Cody Jinks.
“Sawyer Brown defined country ‘90s country music,” says Shelton, who serves as executive producer for the documentary. Working with the band, he adds, “is one of the coolest jobs I’ve ever had in my life.”