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Saving Abel guitarist talks pros, cons of hit 'Addicted'

Scott Bartlett hopes the Lawton-Fort Sill area will be addicted to Saving Abel's music when the band comes to town next weekend.

The Mississippi-based band was put on the map in 2008 when "Addicted" took radio stations by storm. It climbed up to the second spot on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Charts and became an instant hit. Bartlett, the lead guitarist, said the song's success was surprising, but everyone knew they were working on something special.

"I think the first time we heard it, we knew we were onto something," he said. "It shaped our sound, and continues to. It was the first single we released and no one knew who we were at the time. But the song just kept slowly crawling up the charts and just would not die."

Often, a band's success is defined by the first single they release. Bartlett said having a song as popular as "Addicted" has been a dream come true for Saving Abel, but it's also a double-edged sword. The band has released two singles since then, "18 Days" and "Drowning (Face Down)," and neither have been as popular as their debut single.