Clay (2019)

Clay

Abel & Rawls

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In search of a new songbook for the early 21st Century, Abel & Rawls' 2019 release, Clay, has influences from Lyle Lovett to Cole Porter to Squeeze to Van Morrison to Gregg Allman to Pink Floyd to Uncle Tupelo. This collection of nine songs is a statement of confusion (“Living Two Lives”) and roots (“Colored by the Clay”) to whimsy (“Chemistry”) and the search for meaning (“What Do You Want Me to Say?”). Joined by Will Turpin (Collective Soul), Mark Wilson (Reluctant Saints), Sloan Hayes (Starbuck), and Melody Kiser (HeyDreamer), Clay delivers musically and lyrically. Songs for this moment, at this place, with no preconditions.

The album is dedicated to the loving memory of our dear friend, mentor and founder of Real 2 Reel Studios, Bill Turpin.

Recorded at Real 2 Reel Studios and Head Above Water in 2018 and 2019. Mixed and mastered by Steve Rawls at Head Above Water. Produced by Abel & Rawls. Visit the artist's website for CD purchases, news, photos and video content.

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All Shoulder Room And Running (2017)

All Shoulder Room And Running

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Having well over 40 years of collaboration between Ward Abel and Steve Rawls, this album is their best so far. From rockers to airy acoustic, to dark and edgy, the CD showcases the duo's diverse songwriting.

Several friends contributed to the recording of "All Shoulder Room And Running". The tracks "You", "Ezra Said" and,"Eventually" Collective Soul's Will Turpin plays bass and Mark Wilson play drums. "Crack of Doom" Mark Wilson plays bass. "In Every Face A Light" Fred Abel plays harmonica. "Wyoming" - this favorite from the Abel & Rawls catalog features a remix of a 1998 recording and features Bill Turpin on bass, James Cobb on nylon string guitar and Mark Van Allen on pedal steel.

Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars are played by the duo. Ward Abel plays slide guitar and mandolin. Steve Rawls bass, cajon, keys and drum programming.

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Down Along The Coast (2015)

Down Along The Coast

Abel & Rawls

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This CD celebrates over 40 years of collaboration between Ward Abel and Steve Rawls. The work is hailed as their best so far. From rocking tracks to beautiful acoustic ballads, the CD features the diverse song writing that their fans have come to expect.

As usual, many friends contributed to the recording of "Down Along The Coast". On 3 songs (Loyalty, Next Town, Amber Line Of Night), the keys are played by former Starbuck and ARH member Sloan Hayes. Former Collective Soul drummer Shane Evans plays on 3 songs (Loyalty, Disappear In To The Blue, Amber Line Of Night), Calvin Kelley plays drums and Jailan Jagne plays vibes on Next Town. Former Collective Soul guitarist Ross Childress plays e-bow on Disappear In To The Blue. Reluctant Saint's front man Brian Cameron Wilson plays rhythm guitar on Loyalty.

Ward Abel sings lead vocals and plays acoustic, electric and slide guitar. Steve Rawls sings backing vocals and plays acoustic and electric guitar, bass, keys and loop programming.

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Are We On Our Way (2013)

Are We On Our Way

Abel, Rawls & Hayes

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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.

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Flowers On The Table (2011)

Flowers On The Table

Abel, Rawls & Hayes

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Flowers On the Table features 6 songs, kicking off with the infectious groove of "Someday It'll Come To Me". That's followed by the anthemic "Holy Chicago" featuring Wendy Sheffield on backing vocals. "Old Crakow", a beautiful instrumental guitar duet, is followed by "Caring Kind", a country song featuring Don Dunlavey on pedal steel. In the 5 spot is "World of Hurt" with Mickey Wade on drums. The final and title track is"Flowers On the Table". David Ragsdale adds an incredible violin in this track!

Recorded at Real 2 Reel Studios between Dec 2010 and Feb 2011. Engineered by ARH, Jonathan Beckner, Bill Turpin and Will McPhaul. Mixed by ARH, mastered by Steve Rawls.

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four walls and a bed (2010)

Four Walls And A Bed

Abel, Rawls & Hayes

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The EP features 4 new songs plus a live recording of "I'ma Needin' To Tell You". The EP kicks into gear with the rocker "In Too Deep" and then gently glides into a beautiful jazz piece, "Our History". David Ragsdale's violin in this track is spell-binding! From here the listener is transported to the wide-open western expanse of "Good Morning Cortez". The fourth track on the CD is a short ambient, instrumental piece entitled "Raga Pony". The title was derived from the eastern influenced tonalities in David Ragsdale's violin performance and the infectious "gallop" of Calvin Kelley's performance on the cajon.

Recorded at Real 2 Reel Studios between Dec 2009 and February 2010.

The featured players on Four Walls And A Bed are: Calvin Kelley - percussion and drums Mickey Wade - drums David Ragsdale - violin Jim Strawder - upright bass

Produced by ARH Engineers - ARH, Jonathan Beckner Mixing - ARH except In Too Deep mixed by Jonathan Becker

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The End Of Rock N Roll As We Know It (2008)

The End Of Rock n Roll As We Know It

Abel, Rawls & Hayes

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This CD from ARH features 12 intricately woven melodic & lyrical expressions. You’ll find the usual masterful songwriting that ARH (Ward Abel, Steve Rawls and Sloan Hayes) is known for producing. Each song tells its story, yet all are held together by colorful threads of musicality and harmony. The songs as a group tell of change, loss, searching for wisdom and ultimately of hope from these veteran artists. It's an auditory journey worth taking, so find your seat in the front row of the theater of your mind and enjoy the sounds, scenery & stories from ARH! From the opening title track to the mournful "Ok To Cry,” from the acoustic mystery of “Glory (II)” to the playful twang of “Sweet and Low,” from the reggae rocker "Everything Is Temporary" to the powerful finale "My Soul", there is something here for everyone.

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FLASH ON A FILM (2005)

Flash On A Film

Abel, Rawls & Hayes

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This first release by ARH showcases the trio's songwriting versatility. From beautiful, acoustic songs (true to their live performances) to full band rockers.

The title track, "Flash On A Film", features Phill Ehart of Kansas on drums, Will Turpin and Joel Kosche of Collective Soul on bass and guitar. Matt Melton of Honestly and Tommy Strain complete the lineup in the multi-layered guitar tracks.

Appearing on other tracks throughout the CD are David Buice on drums, Calvin Kelley on percussion, guest vocalists Donny Henderson and Jane Abel, Bill Turpin on dobro and Tommy Strain on guitar.

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As We Wake From our Sleep (2001)

As We Wake From Our Sleep

Abel & Rawls

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2001 release featuring many friends! keys - Sloan Hayes drums - Shane Evans, David Buice, Mickey Wade percussion - Calvin Kelley guitars - Ross Childress, Joel Kosche, James Cobb bass - Bill Turpin, Will Turpin mandolin and acoustic bass - Chris Griffin harmonica - James Cobb pedal steel - Mark Van Allen

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Two Months (1997)

Two Months

Abel & Rawls

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Additional musicians on this album: drums: Mike Carter congas - Calvin Kelley electric guitar - Ross Childress bass - Bill Turpin, Will Turpin vocals - Fred Abel

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somebody spent their whole life there (1989)

Somebody Spent Their Whole Life There

Max Able

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Culture by force (1988)

Culture By Force

Max Able

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