Saving Abel

by Chris Fox
November 2008

Saving Abel is an American rock band formed by Jared Weeks and Jason Null in 2004

Saving Abel is an American rock band formed by Jared Weeks and Jason Null in 2004

On tour with their debut self-titled release from Virgin Records, SAVING ABEL is looking to give crowds a “straight up rock show,” according to bass player Eric Taylor.  The band has been playing since 2004 and are currently touring with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BUCKCHERRY, and SHINEDOWN. Southern grown rock, with a whole mess of other influences from the ALLMAN BROTHERS to LYNYRD SKYNYRD to 3 DOORS DOWN, Taylor says the band is ready to show the world what they are made of.

Though their singles “Addicted” and “18 Days” have pushed SAVING ABEL to stardom quickly, the band remains very humble and fan-oriented.  When asked what the band does with their down time, Taylor simply answers, “party,” but as he explains, all their partying is done with their fans. They make an effort to get out and truly meet, hang and party with their fans. That is what really separates the band from other musicians in the mainstream. Taylor explains that the best part of touring is seeing a crowd of thousands, and then hitting the bars with as many of them as possible; meeting and getting drunk with new friends everywhere they go.

The southern roots really show with their no bullshit attitude about music. “Rock from the heart,” Taylor explains, “we don’t hide behind any producers or makeup.” They are a band that truly likes to get up and put on a show. The best part of the upcoming show in Madison, on November 14, is the eclectic combination of bands. Saving Abel, though still rock and roll, are the lightest of the groups performing. When questioned about this Taylor says, “it’s great, four different faces of music, four different groups of fans, and we’re gonna give one hundred percent. Put on a pure rock show.”

Over the next two years SAVING ABEL plans to do endless amounts of touring as well as begin writing a new album. The most rewarding thing is “getting to play music every night and touring; seeing the world,” says Taylor. This is a grassroots band that has managed to make the mainstream, without compromising their delightful southern integrity. Their music is honest and as Taylor says, “we play, breathe, and love music.”

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