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SAVING ABEL TEAM WITH PAPA ROACH, HINDER AND NICKELBACK FOR SUMMER’S HOTTEST ROCK TOUR

“DROWNING (FACE DOWN)” SINGLE RACES INTO TOP 5 AT ROCK RADIO

NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2009) – Virgin Records rock quintet Saving Abel’s winning streak continues as they gear up for one of this Summer’s hottest rock tours. The band are set to hit the road with Papa Roach, Hinder and Nickelback beginning July 10.

Saving Abel’s third single & video, “Drowning (Face Down),” has raced it’s way into the Top 5 at Rock radio this week and the video recently debuted on MTV2 and Yahoo! Music (music.yahoo.com). The band’s self-titled debut album was recently certified gold by the RIAA. The platinum single “Addicted” had an extraordinary run as 2008’s most-played song at active rock radio, with 11 consecutive weeks at No. 2 in the format, and a No. 1 posting at mainstream rock radio and No. 7 at alternative. The song also had a powerful, months-long afterburn on mainstream Top 40 and Hot AC radio, hitting the top 10 in both formats. The follow-up ballad, honoring our nation’s troops, “18 Days," is a top 5 hit at active rock, top 10 at alternative radio. “Drowning (Face Down)” continues to rocket up the charts at both active rock radio, currently at #5 and alternative radio where it is in the top 25. Saving Abel is currently on the road playing some shows with Shinedown before returning to arenas with rock giants Nickelback . Saving Abel’s 18 Days Tour Ep which features an acoustic version of “18 Days” and two b-sides is available now exclusively at iTunes.


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About Saving Abel:
Saving Abel - named after the Biblical sibling of Cain - was formed by Jared Weeks and guitarist Jason Null in 2004 in their hometown of Corinth, Mississippi. Now based in Memphis, Tennessee, the band's lineup includes guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor and drummer Blake Dixon. Combining influences of southern rock, hard rock and alternative music, the band was first heard on a 2005 EP, produced by Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saliva, Submersed). Since the March, 2008 release of their self titled debut, Saving Abel has earned 3 top 10 singles at active and alternative rock radio, a top 10 hit at top 40 radio, a gold record, platinum single and has toured with such bands as Nickelback, Buckcherry, Seether, Avenged Sevenfold, Puddle of Mudd and more.

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Saving Abel on Tour:

DATE LOCATION VENUE
JUNE    
Saving Abel Headline +/ With Shinedown */ Summer Festival Dates ^
25 Muskegon, MI Muskegon Summer Celebration^
26 Dubuque, IA Mississippi Moon Bar+
27 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest^
28 Duluth, MN Wade Stadium*
30 Sioux Falls, SC Nutty's North+
JULY    
1 Aberdeen, SC Ramkota Hall+
2 Billings, MT Shrine Auditorium+
5 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater+
6 Great Falls, MT Mansfield Convention Center+
8 Sault Saint Marie, MI Dream Makers Theater+
9 Lansing, MI Common Grounds Music Festival^
Saving Abel with Papa Roach, Hinder and Nickelback / Summer Music Festivals *
10 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
11 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
14 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavillion
15 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
16 Cadott, WI Rock Fest 2009
17 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium
18 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
21 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
22 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
24 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center for the Performing
25 Hartford, CT Dodge Music Center
26 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway
28 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach
29 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
31 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
AUGUST    
1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
2 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Solo headline show!
5 Sturgis, SC Buffalo Chip Campgrounds*
8 Grand Island, NE Hall County Fair*
9 Toronto, ONT Canada Molson Amphitheatre
11 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
12 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
15 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
17 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
18 Midland, MI Midland County Fairgrounds
19 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
21 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Pavilion
22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
23 Algona, IA Diamond Jo Festival Grounds-Rock Gone Wild*
25 Englewood, CO Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
26 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
28 Ridgefield, WA The Amphitheatre at Clark County
29 George, WA The George Amphitheatre
31 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
SEPT    
1 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
3 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
6 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
8 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
9 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavillion
11 Grand Junction, CO Rock Jam - Grand Junction
12 Spring, TX Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
18 Hutchinson, KS Kansas State Fair*
19 Waynesville, MO 58th Trans Motor pool/Ft. Leonard Army Base*
20 Lawton, OK Fort Sill*
22 Moline, IL iWireless Center with Buckcherry
23 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall with Buckcherry
26 Lubbock, TX Fair Park Coliseum
OCT    
3 Shreveport, LA Red River Revel Arts Fest
7 Jackson, MS Mississippi State Fair
15 Maryville, MO Bearcat Arena Northwest

 

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Saving Abel

Jared Weeks-Vocals
Jason Null-Guitars
Scott Bartlett-Guitars
Eric Taylor-Bass
Blake Dixon-Drums

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“You know when you hear a song on the radio and you don’t know who it is, but you love it and feel like you’ve heard it before? That’s our band! The first time someone hears us, they go, ‘I know that band!’ Then someone explains, ‘no, it’s a brand-new song and band.’ Saving Abel has an accessible and comfortable sound---you HAVE heard us before,” states lead singer Jared Weeks. On their self-titled Virgin Records debut, songs range from the wild road tale in “New Tattoo” to the sexual innuendos of the aptly titled first single, “Addicted.”

Weeks and Jason Null formed the band in their small hometown of Corinth, Mississippi in 2004. They met when Weeks, who was in a band, was playing guitar at his best friend’s house, when Null, who was in a rival local group, walked in to rehearse with his band. Within days of that meeting, Null and Weeks were writing and honing the intimate writing style that now defines Saving Abel. In early 2005, the pair’s songs caught the ear of noted producer Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saliva, Submersed), who took the band into his 747 Studios in Memphis. Mills notes, “It was ‘18 Days’ that hooked me. The first time I heard it I was like, ‘these guys are the real deal; they’ll be doing this for a long time.’ Jason and Jared have always understood that the most important part of the music business is having great songs.”

Saving Abel gradually came together in the final electric lineup of guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor, and drummer Blake Dixon, and the band paid its dues both onstage and off. Weeks would toss Saving Abel demos onto the stage when bigger bands played in town, and between playing gigs, working day jobs, and Weeks and Null constantly driving from Mississippi to Memphis to record their self-titled EP with Mills, it was a busy and prolific couple years. Weeks remembers; “I used to work at a hospital. I’d have to be there at 4:30 in the morning drawing blood. I’d wake people up and stick a needle in their arm. I’d be walking around the hospital, singing ‘Addicted’ in my head, writing down the lyrics on patients’ clipboards and doctor script pads.”

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Null and Weeks bring in differing songwriting approaches influences, giving Saving Abel a well-rounded sound. Null comes from a musical family, and recalls Saturday nights at the local community center as a child. “We didn’t miss it, ever! It was bluegrass band after bluegrass band. We’d hoot and holler, as we used to say. My brother traded my bike for a guitar for me when I was 6, and I learned ‘Johnny B. Goode’ that night! I go back to Willie and Waylon, but as a kid of the ‘80s, I also love Metallica. Also, Angus Young is one of my main influences, as well as the guitar sound and solos of Seattle bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.” For his part, a teenage Weeks played basketball and went to state twice in tennis before music consumed his life. A big fan of the blues and Southern Rock, Weeks calls himself the more “literal” songwriter of the two, explaining, “If something is really bothering me, or how I’m feeling at that moment, I’ll write about it. For me to get the most out of a song, I have to get it almost to the point I’m ready to cry if I can’t get it out, and that makes people relate to it.”

After shopping their indie EP for almost a year, a copy of ‘Addicted’ found its way to one-time Virgin A&R Consultant Scott Frazier and manager partner Rick Smith. They were so excited that they sent the song to the label’s Chairman/CEO Jason Flom. Flom was impressed upon first listen and immediately sent A&R vet Kim Stephens (Collective Soul, Matchbox 20, Edwin McCain) to see the band in Jackson, Tennessee. The band was signed the next day. Says Stephens, “I was sold on the merit of the songs and instantly recognized this was a band with huge potential.”

Saving Abel, the Virgin debut produced by Mills, features mostly brand-new tunes, plus a few favorites from the indie EP, including the poignant, perfectly crafted “18 Days,” “Running From You,” and “Drowning Face Down.” Null explains that “18 Days” was lyrically inspired by sheriff Buford Pusser of ‘Walking Tall’ fame, while laughingly admitting that the rowdy road trip in “New Tattoo” (“The blue is for the bruise you left in my heart / and the red is for the color we’re about to paint this town”) is “based on a true story.” Null furthers: “Our goals are always to concentrate on the song, not just one cool part to make a kid bop his head. Every person I talk to loves a different song of ours.” Null was also the one who gave the band its name: “I Googled the story of Cain and Abel and found a line about ‘there was no Saving Abel,’ which just jumped out at me.” Everyone agreed and the name stuck…much like Saving Abel's songs get instantly stuck in the minds and ears of everyone who hears them. With a radio-ready sound combining big riffs and memorable melodies, Saving Abel has created a polished combination of Southern and Alternative rock…. 2008 style. Get Addicted. Get Saving Abel.