"Sawtooth is a powerhouse band, one of the top acoustic groups in the upper Midwest." -Jim Whitney, Twin Cities Acoustic Music Calendar
In the tradition of classic bluegrass brother harmonies, the Sawtooth Bluegrass Band, with two sets of musical brothers, melds the sounds of the original bluegrass masters with the fresh sounds of today. Combining close harmony vocals, driving instrumentation, and a sense of fun and high energy, they have a stage show that has audiences wanting more.
Tight vocal harmonies and precision picking are getting them recognition, as they’ve received numerous accolades & awards. They were featured on Minnesota Public Television's "Off 90" season premier in February, 2011. The band features two-time MN flatpicking guitar champion (2009 & 2011), Clint Birtzer, and the 2011 state duet champions – Clint Birtzer and Jesse Moravec. Jesse and Clint's 2010 duet performance resulted in an invitation to play on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion Show on the grandstand at the MN State Fair. The group won the 2008 “Race for a Place” contest, securing a spot on the main stage at the award-winning MBOTMA August Fest.
These young men are bringing audiences of all ages to their feet at fairs, festivals, opera houses and charity events across the Midwest. Their repertoire includes traditional and contemporary bluegrass, classic country, gospel, original pieces & even some 70’s era rock. The band has made several appearances in Branson, MO, performed at numerous bluegrass festivals, the MN State Fair, and on stage with A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor.
Sawtooth has released four CD’s to date. Their debut album, “Movin’ On”, consists of a variety of bluegrass stylings, while the band’s bluegrass gospel collection, “He Can Be Found”, is a fresh, dynamic take on gospel tunes, old and new. "Bluegrass Honky Tonk" is an album of bluegrass covers of classic country songs. "Gunflint Trail" is a showcase of the group's best material, featuring 8 band originals.
The Sawtooth Bluegrass Band is the Moravec Brothers from Wabasha, MN -- Ethan on bass & vocals and Jesse on mandolin & vocals, and also the Birtzer brothers from Rosemount, MN -- Clint on guitar & vocals, Luke on fiddle & vocals, and Shane on banjo.
Announcing the release of our 4th album! Gunflint Trail