Drumming Bird is the main vehicle of singer-songwriter Austin Sawyer. The 24-year-old has been writing and performing music as Drumming Bird for over 8 years, meticulously crafting a sound that lies somewhere between the youthful noise of indie rock and the poignant working-class introspection of Americana. Drumming Bird’s latest chapter is defined by Nashville’s once-renowned culture of honest songwriting and steel guitars, and the clamor of DIY home studios that litter the city today.
The growth of Drumming Bird’s burgeoning fanbase has been catalyzed by national TV placements, including Showtime’s hit show, Shameless, high-octane live performances at some of the Southeast’s flagship clubs and a June 2022 solo tour, supporting Daniel Nunnelee on 23 shows nationwide.
“American Spirits” was released on May 19th, and reached a wide new audience with its timely and pointed lyricism. It has quickly established Sawyer as a songwriter’s songwriter, earning praise from the likes of Katie Pruitt, Manchester Orchestra, and Lori Mckenna. It also scored him second place finishes in Unsigned Only’s 2022 Songwriting Contest and American Songwriter’s 2022 Song Contest, along with placements in Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds: Folk playlists. The following single “Electric Cowboy” premiered in late July and landed on Spotify’s editorial playlists: Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds: Rock, and Grade A.
These singles culminated into a 5 song EP, American Spirits, released December 8th, 2022 via AWAL.