about connecting with the fans and playing with enthusiasm, they brought that feel good vibe to North Carolina last Friday night at Hooligans Pub and Music in Jacksonville. Though the crowd was smaller than most, those who came out gave the band no less appreciation than that of a packed venue.
Starting with high energy, they kept it flowing with a set list of head bobbing tunes and
energetic stage antics. Singer Scotty Austin is full of charm and zest whilst performing. Jumping
on the barriers to reach the crowd, he sang over my head half the night and even directly into my camera lens.
Not only is Saving Abel personable, but full of raw talent. Austin’s voice is exactly what you
would expect of a southern rock singer, but with that extra ‘oomph’. He sings so effortlessly and naturally, it added to that laid back feel of the night.
The musicians lacked no less animation, and connected with the crowd just as much, throwing
up hand gestures when they had the chance.
Guitarist Jason Null and Scott Bartlett know how to throw it down – they kicked major tail on
their instruments, while nothing less can be said about bassist Eric Taylor. There is so much soul
in their playing and a depth to that soul that pulls you into each song.
Last but of course not least, drummer Steven Pulley jammed out on his kit like a power house. Though born nearly deaf, you could never guess this. His feel for rhythm and ability to play with
such a punch truly gives him the extra edge.
Another great aspect about their performance was the dedication to our military. Being located near Camp Lejuene Marine Corps base, there were several military members in the crowd. Scotty took a moment to thank them for their service and offer up an Oorah, which was graciously
I had the pleasure to chat with the band after the show, as they were out meeting the fans, and they are some of the most humble musicians. They hung around to mingle with the crowd, signing, taking pictures or just carrying on light conversation. Truly one of the coolest experiences I have had and I encourage you to grab your tickets and catch this group!
Written by: Shannon Rae