Are We On Our Way
Abel, Rawls & Hayes
ARH's 2013 CD, Are We On Our Way, features 10 new songs and a live recording of classic The Way You Look Tonight (recorded at Real 2 Reel Studios during our CD release party for 2011's Flowers On The Table.
Are We On Way features the following friends and fine musicians: Calvin Kelley, Gary Chumney, Bryan Holmes and Will Turpin: percussion/drums Will Turpin and Mark Wilson- bass Nathan Morgan, Rick Hinkle and Ross Childress: el guitar James Cobb: acoustic guitar Jailan Jagnes: sax
ARH is Ward Abel, Steve Rawls and Sloan Hayes.
The trio began performing as a group in early 2002. Sloan Hayes (Starbuck, Magic Cat, Brother Bait) played keyboards on the previous Abel & Rawls releases, Two Months (1997) and As We Wake From Our Sleep (2001). ARH’s first relase was 2005’s Flash On A Film. This CD marks their 5th release.
Their music ranges from rock to country... from reggae to acoustic ballads and blues. Regardless of the song styling the focus is on melody. Diverse instrumentation and vocals have become their trademark.
The trio has shared the stage with Shawn Mullins, Michael Tolcher, Will Turpin, Diane Durrett, Orange Sky, Jan Smith and many others. In its live shows the trio plays about a dozen instruments and all three sing. The 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, The JCP, Mother’s Finest, The Reluctant Saints and Calling All-Stars to name a few. All three are natives of Atlanta’s southside area.