Ward Abel & Steve Rawls

Their music ranges from rock to acoustic ballads, from prog-rock to punk.  Abel & Rawls’ music has been influenced by their early rock and prog-rock favorites including the likes of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Mott the Hoople, ELO, Genesis, The Allman Brothers, The Eagles…. a wide range of influences.  Those influences are reflected throughout the duo’s music.

The duo has shared the stage with Shawn Mullins, Michael Tolcher, Will Turpin, The Reluctant Saints, Orange Sky, Jan Smith, Jason Fowler and many others.  Live shows frequently feature a friend (or two) sitting in on some songs. Their friends on recordings and live shows have ranged from current and past members of Kansas, Collective Soul, Mother’s Finest, Starbuck, The JCP, Beauty For Ashes,  and Calling All-Stars to name a few.  Abel & Rawls are natives of Atlanta’s southside area.


The duo began performing together in 1974 in the Atlanta prog-rock group Jacob Rye.

In the mid-80’s Ward Abel went solo under the name of Max Able and released two albums on Sky Records;  Culture By Force and Somebody Spent Their Whole Life There.

The duo reunited in the early 90’s as Abel & Rawls and released two albums on Seawall Records; Two Months and As We Wake From Our Sleep.

In 2002 friend and recording artist Sloan Hayes (Starbuck, Magic Cat, Brother Bait, Reel People) joined the duo to form Abel, Rawls & Hayes.  Sloan had played keyboards on the previous Abel & Rawls releases.  ARH’s first relase was 2005’s Flash On A Film, folllowed by four more releases; The End Of Rock and Roll As We Know It, Four Walls and A Bed, Flowers On the Table and the trio’s final release, Are We On Our Way.  In 2014 our friend and bandmate, Sloan Hayes, left the group.  Sloan continues to contribute writing and studio work on select works.

The Abel & Rawls duo musical journey continues!

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