Once upon a time guitarist Scott Sawyer heard the album “Righteous” by a band called “DAG”


The groove got his attention and even though he had known DAG members Bobby Patterson (bass) & Kenny Soule (drums) for awhile, he had yet to play with them both at the same time…


After a pickup gig in Raleigh (NC) at Wicked Smile with guitarist Chris Harris, they rehearsed and booked a real gig for April 15th, 1999; that inspired Scott to re-arrange George Harrison’s “Taxman”…they named the band GO THERE and had so much fun that they decided to do it again. As possible, they performed locally and regionally.

Time passed and eventually life got in the way; GO THERE disbanded in December 2004.

In November 2006, Sawyer & Soule reconnected to record some of the Go There repertoire. They enlisted the aid of Kofi Burbridge (organ, flute) , Oteil Burbridge (electric bass) and Ron Brendle (acoustic bass).


The result: “Scott Sawyer – Go There”; released in May 2007. Available at CD Baby and AbstractLogix

In 2007-2008, bassist Ron Brendle and organist William Stevens (Camel City Collective) joined Sawyer and Soule for a number of shows in NC.




On March 18, 2009, bassist Oteil Burbridge joined Sawyer and Soule for a Go There trio performance at Sullivan Hall in NYC.

Go There 3-18-09 Sullivan Hall Nphoto (c) and courtesy of Tamera Morgan

In 2010, the project was put on hold…


“…we’re pleased to play Scott’s music…it sounds great on the air and fits the channel perfectly. Keep up the great work…” – Russ Davis (Program Director, XM Radio “Beyond Jazz”; 11/16/07)

“The baddest mother******s I’ve heard in 10 years!” — Oteil Burbridge (World-renowned bass player, 8/1/04)

“One of the best bands playing through the circuit!” — Eric Mullins (Owner of The Pourhouse Music Hall; Raleigh, NC)

“Go There is definitely a breath of fresh air, demonstrating an example of where we can all go when we step outside the box and take that musical chance.” — RaleighMusic.com Show review (writer, Jay Shirley)

…”Though Sawyer can swing cerebrally, solving prickly harmonic riddles like a mathematician, he’s at his best as a blue-collar improviser, combining earthy jazz and accessible blues that make the listener wanna holler. My fave Sawyer-led combo is “Go There”, a rockin’ power trio fueled by the percolating backbeat of Kenny Soule (ex-Nantucket) and the bass rumble of Bobby Patterson.” — The Independent Weekly (Joe Vanderford)

…”Go There is about as nasty as it gets! These guys will twist and turn a tune that will bring you to your knees, begging for mercy and hoping for more. And, despite the absence of vocals, a Go There show will never leave you wishing for a song to be sung, as the melodies and grooves captivate the audience from beginning to end.” — RaleighMusic.com (Mike Rosado)


Pour House Music Hall (Raleigh, NC), The Blind Tiger (Greensboro, NC), Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh, NC), Ziggy’s (Winston Salem, NC), Outer Banks Brewing Station (Kill Devil Hills, NC), Lakeside Lounge (Raleigh, NC), Tressa’s (Asheville, NC), Kefi (Wilmington, NC), The Palm Room (Wrightsville Beach, NC), Soapbox (Wilmington, NC), Savannah Blues (Savannah, GA), Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC), Wicked Smile (Raleigh, NC), Humble Pie Bakery (Raleigh, NC), Martin St. Music Hall (Raleigh, NC), Blue Bayou (Hillsborough, NC)…



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