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Interview:
Saving Abel Ready For Some New Music
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Saving Abel has no complaints about its debut album.

The Mississippi rock quintet’s selftitled effort, released 20 months ago, has gone gold and launched the radio hits “Addicted,” “18 Days” and “Drowning (Face Down).” Saving Abel is headlining the Class of ’09 tour as a kind of victory lap for the album’s success.

But what the group most wants to do is get some new music out.

“We’ve pretty much run this one’s cycle, and we had a lot of luck with this album,” notes drummer Blake Dixon. “We had a lot of great songs on there and, personally, I think we have more hits on the album.

“But we’ve been playing the same songs for two years and we’re ready to start playing some new tunes and putting some other new stuff out there. So we’re really looking forward to the next album.”

Dixon and frontman Jared Weeks say that Saving Abel could “put out a new album today if we wanted to” but, conscious that “Addicted” was one of the last song to surface for “Saving Abel,” are planning to go back to the studio in January for another session. The group is road testing some of the new songs — including “Hell of a Ride,” “Bloody Sunday” and Tap Out” — and Weeks notes that there’s no small pressure on what Saving Abel comes up with now.

“You can’t come out with something that’s mediocre,” he notes. “We just want to top it and keep going. It’s a little bit of pressure ... It just keeps us on the edge of our seats, where we should be anyway.”



Saving Abel, Pop Evil, Red and Taddy Porter perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 961-5358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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