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Antone's 37th Anniversary ShowThe cliché is to get successful, get money, get chicks, get drugs, and get arrested. Lose everything. Get a tattoo, get a facelift, get a new direction, get a book deal about recovery, and get Jesus. Be welcomed back as a role model.
Texas blues troubadour Hadden Sayers didn't follow the usual script. His tribulations weren't the result of personal demons. He didn't call on a team of slick advisors and publicists to resuscitate his career. He didn't look for reality shows, sex tapes, or reunion tours to make an easy buck. Hadden Sayers knew that sometimes an honest dollar is a hard dollar.
Ultimately, his path back from the bottom went through an Ohio country shack where a chance encounter with a retired stonemason rejuvenated Sayers' soul, and ultimately, his music. In 2004, Sayers was a successful musician in Houston. He had a powerful agent and record label executives jostled for space at his gigs. His calendar was full of shows and his albums got attention. Sometimes the saying is true: shit just happens.
The record labels disappeared in a haze of bad business deals, excuses, and rip-offs. One company locked the doors and disappeared a day after the ceremonial handshake. Another outfit guaranteed success, as long as they could keep one hundred percent of the profits. Sayers plowed on. He released his own records independently and lugged a battered '57 Strat all over the world as he performed 200 shows annually. Band members rotated in and out.
The musician moved to Central Ohio, an unlikely home to a bluesman. But Sayers' wife, a scientist, had an opportunity to work with a world-renowned cancer researcher. Dedicated to supporting her career, Sayers planned to reconstruct his band with pros from the Northeast. Just as the new group began to build momentum, the agent decided to "go in a different direction" and quit. Gigs dried up. Sayers took a job in corporate music and performed as the Hadden Sayers Band using family members to round out the group.Sponsored By:
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