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Interview:
Saving Abel went for maturity on second album
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Although Mississippi rockers Saving Able are happy with their fortunes so far -- a gold-certified, self-titled 2008 debut album- and its Top 20 hit "Addicted" -- frontman Jared Weeks is happy that fans are hearing "a much more mature" band on its sophomore album, "Miss America," which came out in June and debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 chart.

"We've been out on the road for three years," says Weeks, "but what we did was any time we had a day off somewhere, we'd fly down to Nashville and write a song or two, then fly right out and do a show.

"So we're out on the road and experiencing things, so it was easy to have stuff to write about. I'm super-confident this album is gonna back up our first album."

Weeks says that several of "Miss America's" songs -- including "Bloody Sunday," "Hell of a Ride" and the ballad "Angel Without Wings" -- have been around for the better part of a year and even road-tested. But like "Addicted," "Miss America's" first single, "Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)," was one of the last songs written for the album, shortly after the group's trip to this year's Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

"There was a little bit of pressure," he recalls, " 'cause we thought we were done and (the label) wanted another single, so we had to go back and write. I had just gotten back from the Grammys, and a I read a quote from Marilyn Monroe where she said that a wise girl always kisses before she's kissed...

"So that's basically how the chorus of the song goes, 'You always kiss before you're kissed/You're not a stupid girl.' It's not really calling a girl stupid, although some people think it is."

Saving Abel performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, on the Michigan Lottery Stage at Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak. Admission is free until 5 p.m. and $3 afterwards. Visit www.artsbeatseats.com for more information.

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