The birth of Sautee-Naccoochee, Georgia's Big City Sunrise reads like the prelude to a southern gothic novel. On a chilly 2003 March night, complete with southern fried catfish, PBR and "pickin'", six disparate personalities found common musical ground. Five hours and forty seven minutes later, as their bio professes, "a band was born." It came out kicking and screaming and ready to take on the high road.
This year, the band marks three years of making music with The Sautee Jamboree on September 30. A one day event at the Sautee Nacooche Community Center to raise funds to restore buildings on the property, tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show. Also playing are Blueground Undergrass, Sol Driven Train, John Harris and the Sin Hounds and Houndog.
Nestled in the Appalachian foothills of Northeast Georgia, the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing creativity and protecting the natural and historical resources of the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys and surrounding area. The SNCA maintains Sautee Nacoochee Center, a thriving cultural and community center housed in a restored rural schoolhouse, offering a Theatre, Gallery, Art Studio, Museum, Environmental Studies Room, and Conference Facilities. The Association has established Sautee Nacoochee as an official Historic District and one of "The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America."
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Big City Sunrise is now in the studio with famed Athens producer John Keane (Widespread Panic, R.E.M., The Indigo Girls). "We knew exactly who we wanted to produce and record our third album," says Jeff Bynum, "John has an ear for musical detail that is unrivaled, and patience to bring out the best in the musicians he is working with." The record is slated for release in late 2006.
Conceived under the idea that the creation of pure, youthful music would create a fulfilling atmosphere for both audience and musician, Big City Sunrise still believes these to be the key ingredients to a great evening of entertainment. Rhythm guitarist Doug Meads alludes to the philosophy that Big City Sunrise is committed to "creating a community atmosphere…" at live shows bringing different personalities and walks of life together within the context of fine music and excellent presentation; continuing a pattern much like the inception of the band itself. Bassist Adam Kahn states emphatically that Big City Sunrise’s live show unearths the innate joy people find in music. "We couldn’t ask to be a part of a more artistically supportive community; they dance holes in the floor every show