When Saving Abel started playing in and around Mississippi in 2004, the band built a strong following from audiences but didn't get much attention from record labels.
That all changed after someone at Capitol Records heard Saving Abel's song "Addicted." Capitol signed the band and released "Addicted" and the band's self-titled debut album in March 2008.
"Addicted" hit No. 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and Saving Abel became one of the biggest new bands in Southern rock.
They'll be in Sarasota on Wednesday, playing a free show at Coleman's Tavern.
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The opening band starts at 10, but if you want to see the show you'll probably want to arrive way early. (The tavern is open all day.) An afternoon meet-and-greet that costs $25 is already sold out, so the people at Coleman's are anticipating a capacity crowd for the show. A Coleman's manager said he expected that people would be lined up outside, and one person will be let in every time someone leaves.
If you get in, you can expect to hear songs from "Blood Stained Revolution," the new Saving Abel album that's due out on Nov. 11. The band chose Veterans Day for the album release because its members have long been supporters of the people in the armed forces. Several of Saving Abel's most popular songs, including "18 Days," "Drowning (Face Down)" and "Miss America," were written for and dedicated to American military.
Details: 10 p.m. Sept. 17, Coleman's Tavern, 5305 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Tickets: Free. Information: 941-379-2702.
-- Marty Clear