the story behind the sound
Original Americana folk with a side of mm-hmmm.
Abbie & The Sawyers’ original Americana folk serves up earthy soundscapes, soulful hooks, and lilting harmonies rooted in the Iowa prairie. As described by dsm Magazine, their “unique blend of backwoods Appalachia and Midwest charm creates a sound that is stunningly intimate.”
Based in Des Moines, Abbie & The Sawyers has played Des Moines Arts’ Festival, Camp Euforia, Ankeny Unplugged, and many other venues across Central Iowa. Band members are Abbie Sawyer (vocals/guitar), Alex Clemons (double bass), Lorin Ditzler (vocals, banjo), and Chris LoRang (vocals, guitar).
Their first single, released in early 2016, is an Iowa tribute called “Ain’t No Mountains Here.” Their debut album, “Shine,” features songs “Sunday Morning Truth,” “Everything Seems Bad” and “Keen on You” and will be released in October 2016.
Influences include: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch/Dave Rawlings, Milk Carton Kids and The Be Good Tanyas.
Lead Vocals, guitar
Also performs in the Nola Jazz Band
Chris LoRang – Vocals, guitar
Lorin Ditzler – Vocals, banjo
Alex Clemons – Double bass