“Step That Step”
Written by Mark Miller
#1 (1 week)
May 18, 1985
Sawyer Brown started as the backing band for country musician Don King, who had some moderate success on the country charts in the seventies and early eighties. They banded together when King retired from touring, and were originally called Savanna. A last minute name change once they were in Nashville led them to Sawyer Brown, which they took from a road they found in the phone book.
They achieved national attention competing on Star Search, winning the Vocal Group prize in the first season of the series. The victory included a recording contract, and by 1984, the band was releasing its first album on Capitol Records. Their first single, “Leona,” went top twenty. Its follow-up became their only number one single of the eighties.
“Step That Step” is certainly representative of their early work. They were going for some slightly countrified Stray Cats vibe in the beginning. Branding them a novelty act would be unfair, but they flirted with that status pretty shamelessly on their first few records.
They were clearly trying to capture the spirit of their live shows, but producer Randy Scruggs softens all of the edges, so they sound less like a party band and more like like the house band at a family amusement park.
Just go read all the nineties entries. I promise you that they get better.
“Step That Step” gets a C-.