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Sawyer Brown to Perform Saturday night at 20th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival


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The entertainment lineup for the 20th annual Tennessee Soybean Festival, starting Sunday night, Sept. 1, is set.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will perform Thursday at UT Martin Student Night, while Survivor is set to take the stage in Festival Park Friday night. Sawyer Brown will perform Saturday night.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is known for its songs “Don’t You Fake It,” “Face Down,” “In Fate’s Hand,” and “Am I the Enemy.” “In Fate’s Hand” is featured in the video game Madden NFL 07, and “Am I the Enemy” was No. 1 on the Christian Rock charts in 2011.

Survivor is best known for its double-platinum certified 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger” from the motion picture Rocky III.
The song stayed at No. 1 for six weeks.

Sawyer Brown is one of those rare acts who actually became stars directly from winning Star Search. The band endured a singles-chart slump over 1986-1987, likely a result of their increasingly slick country-pop production, but they rebounded when “This Missin’ You Heart of Mine” went to No. 2 at the end of 1987.

Another commercially disappointing period followed, lasting into 1991, but it was interrupted by the top-five single “The Race Is On,” which helped its accompanying album, The Boys Are Back, climb into the top five. Following 1991’s Buick album, Sawyer Brown parted ways with Liberty and signed with Curb Records; around the same time, guitarist Bobby Randall departed and was replaced by Duncan Cameron. Through it all, they never stopped touring, which helped them maintain a following, and it paid off when “The Walk” went to No. 2 in late 1991.

Their follow-up, 1992’s Cafe on the Corner, was acclaimed by many critics as their most consistent, fully realized album, and it gave them three top-five hits in the title track, “All These Years” and “Trouble on the Line.”

The festival opens with the Beatles tribute band, The Return, on Sunday night.

Dustin Lynch will perform on Tuesday night and nine-time Dove Award winners The Martins will perform Wednesday night. Lynch’s debut single “Cowboys and Angels” is climbing the country charts.

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