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Sawyer Brown is popular in Utah and across the nation. They perform at Eagle Mountain this weekend.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Sawyer Brown is always looking for the "best stuff" to add to its repertoire, according to the group's keyboardist, Greg "Hobie" Hubbard.

And while band members go to music publishing companies and other sources shopping for hit songs, they also find tunes in unusual places.

"They Don't Understand," (a hit included on the Mission Temple Fireworks Stand album) came from a furniture salesman who waited on one of the band members, Hubbard said.

"He was in the right place at the right time," he said. "It came in through the back door."

The group found the song late in the process of putting the album together.

The popular country group — an energetic bunch who have headlined the Stadium of Fire and packed what is now the EnergySolutions Arena house — will perform at Eagle Mountain this weekend as the climax to the 10th Annual Pony Express Days.

"We sent them an offer, and they accepted!" said Linda Peterson, spokeswoman for the city.

A SmithsTix representative said fans began calling to buy tickets as soon as city officials approved the contract in February.

Peterson said it makes for an exciting venue.

The Nashville country band tours most of the year but is especially busy during the summers.

"We're ready to get back out to Utah," Hubbard told the Deseret Morning News. The band has been a favorite among Utah fans since its self-titled recording debut back in 1985.

The 1980s television show "Star Search" launched Sawyer Brown after they captured first place on the show 23 years ago. Since then the group, which has been together 26 years, has performed more than 3,500 shows and earned gold and platinum albums featuring hits such as "The Walk," "Some Girls Do" and "The Dirt Road."

Twenty-five years ago, all Sawyer Brown wanted to do was release one album. To date, the band now has 20 albums on the market.

"When you're working on an album when you're 18 years old, you don't really think about anything else. And we never thought we'd be together as a band this long. And we never thought we'd be as big as we got," said Mark Miller.

In addition to Hubbard, the five-man band consists of frontman Miller, bassist Jim Scholten, drummer Joe Smyth and guitarist Shayne Hill.

Sawyer Brown serves as the climax to the city celebration, following a Battle of the Bands contest.

The Battle of the Bands contest from May 31 to June 2 is judged by music industry professionals, and the first-place winner will open for Sawyer Brown.

Local country bands, including bluegrass, Western swing, country-rock crossover, and zydeco are expected to compete with the top 12 bands chosen for the contest.

If you go

What: Sawyer Brown concert

Where: Silver Lake Amphitheater off Pony Express Road east of the Ranches at Eagle Mountain

When: 7 p.m., June 2

Cost: $9 — available at City Hall, 1650 E. Stagecoach Run

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