Saving Abel & Bucky Covington Headlining for Michael Alexander

J. Stevens Productions Presents

Saving Abel & Bucky Covington Headlining for Michael Alexander

Saving Abel, Bucky Covington, Tantric, Wayland, Royal Bliss, Sunspot

Saturday 4.29

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$28.95 - $150.00

Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander
Saving Abel,Bucky Covington, Tantric, Wayland, Royal Bliss, Michael Alexander & Big Whiskey, Jessi Lynn, Sunspot and Wheelhouse all in one evening. Southern Rock style recording artist Michael Alexander is set to release his 5th studio record "SANDMAN" with Producer and critically acclaimed Bass player Scott Wilson of the Band Tantric. Many of the artists who have lent their vocals or played their instruments on this record will be performing at this event. They will be playing the songs you know and love, the songs however will all have more of an intimate scaled down feel as each artist will perform a stripped down set. Not necessarily acoustic but stripped down. VIP tickets are available for this event for an opportunity to meet your favorite artist as well as relax in our perfectly catered VIP lounge.
Saving Abel
Saving Abel
Saving Abel is a Platinum Selling Rock Band known for Hit Singles "Addicted", "18 Days", "The Sex is Good", "Drowning (Face Down)", "Miss America", "Bringing Down the Giant", and "Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)".

Since 2008 Saving Abel has embodied the definition of "Southern Rock." Even before their "Self Titled" debut LP, they were barnstorming the country making fans everywhere they went, just by being themselves. Simple, down home, charming, country-boys with immeasurable talent that was destined to take them straight to the top. The band was signed by A&R wizard Jason Flom to Capitol records and their first single, "Addicted" did just that, reaching number one on several charts and the follow-up singles "18 Days" and "Drowning" helped sell over 750,000 copies of their debut album. They toured heavily in support of this album, playing with Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold, and later on Nickelback, in arenas across North America. Night after night, the boys would go back to the bus with their ears ringing from 15,000 fans screaming their lyrics.

Knowing that they would need something great to follow up with, the boys set out to write their sophomore album on Capitol, "Miss America." Topping the Active Rock and Hard Rock charts yet again with "Sex is Good" and "Stupid Girl" solidified Saving Abel's place both on the radio and live. Setting out on their own tour this time, Saving Abel headlined theaters around the country for almost 2 years non-stop. They toured with several artists and made a lot of friends along the way, but always kept their focus on the fans, and their eyes toward the future.

Jason Flom left Capitol and the band did as well. The band signed to a new major label and the band didn't want to fall into a rut of making the third album sound like the first two, Saving Abel returned to their Mississippi origin, adding a depth and soul that could only come from their country roots. Using banjos, mandolins, and a healthy helping of moonshine, Saving Abel went into the studio with a mission to stick with "what they know best," and wrote an emotional, soulful record that was still rooted in rock-n-roll, but highlighted their classic country roots. Listening to "Bringing Down The Giant" was as reminiscent of Hank Williams as it was of Elvis Presley. In hindsight the album was probably a little self-indulgent and while songs like "Constantly" and "Pictures of Elvis" highlighted their softer side and amazing song writing ability, the label and band had creative differences over what to release as a first single and the label won, the result being a mildly successful rollout and the label all but abandoned the band, leaving them in the unusual predicament of not knowing what to do next.

The next steps were difficult and profound but in the end proved liberating on numerous levels. First the band parted ways with their label and publishing company, those splits were followed by a split with their management, business management and booking agent. The band then hired former Creed, Sevendust, and Paramore manager and Silent Majority Group / ADA label president Jeff Hanson. Hanson brought in new lead singer Scotty Austin and new drummer Steven Pulley, a new booking agent, fan relations manager, business manager, merch company, and radio promotion team and finally enlisted a new producer, former 12 Stones guitarist and songwriter Justin Rimer. "Bringing in new faces wasn't done because we were unhappy with the previous team's performance, I just felt like we should surround ourselves with people who wouldn't be disappointed if we didn't have a gold or platinum record. Those are benchmarks that are much more difficult to achieve than they were 5 years ago and are honestly unrealistic expectations for anyone." Says Hanson. Hanson then helped the band form their own label in order to move forward on their own terms. The new label was named Tennessippi Whiskey Records based on the fact that the all of the members of the band are from Tennessee and Mississippi and are known for their moderate but very public Jack Daniels consumption Ditching the tour bus and getting back in a van in order to afford the recording of a new record on off days from their perpetual tour, along with a renewed focus on their live performances and spending time in person and on the internet with their fans, the band saw a resurgence in fan attendance at shows and the number of people following the band on their social media sites.

With the addition of new members Scotty Austin and Steven Pulley to the existing core of Saving Abel Jason Null, Scott Bartlett, and Eric Taylor, the result of this new lineup and independent attitude of the band has been amazing. "There is so much excitement being generated on a nightly basis by the fans based on their love of Scotty Austin, it makes it seem like it is 2008 again and we are about to blow up again, and I can't believe this level of excitement exists all over again" says founding member and guitarist Jason Null. Null also goes on to say… "Scotty has an autistic child, and seeing the sacrifices he makes every day to make a life for his son makes it a lot easier for me to get back in a van and play smaller venues without complaining after I spent years in arenas on a bus, him being here really has changed the way all of us view what we do." Scotty Austin… "I spent years playing cover gigs, singing 4 hours a night, this is literally a dream come true for me. Playing every night to fans that came to hear and sing along to songs that these guys and I wrote, I could never get tired of it. It also gives me a small platform to try to draw awareness to Autism, if nothing more comes of this than to make my son's life just a tiny bit better, it will have been worth it. I can't thank these guys enough for giving me this chance." Steven Pulley… "Scotty and I literally quit our day jobs the day we were called about being in this band. We were blown away that a nationally recognized band like Saving Abel, who could have gotten any players in America to replace their leaving members, would actually prefer to have a couple of guys like us mainly because we were guys from a small town (Jackson, TN) with big dreams. We basically left home, went on the road, and loved every minute since. Knowing what's coming on this record, we are definitely living a dream."

The new songs from their forthcoming album Blood Stained Revolution mirror the new energy and attitude of the band. The songs themselves are mostly uptempo and upbeat and pay homage to all of the bands we love, Guns and Roses, Tool, and The Allman Brothers. The album is absolutely a continuation of founding member Jason Null's mainstream southern rock hit writing abilities but with an amazing added energy similar to that of Mick Jagger or Scott Weiland being provided by Scotty Austin. The band is also eager to note that the new album is the first album on which all of the band members were able to participate in the creative process. On the first three albums the creative process was partially controlled by outside factors but on this album it seemed as though the floodgates were open because there were no limitations or interferences and everyone in the band was asked to contribute the ideas that had been percolating among the members for years that they hadn't always been able to share. Jeff Hanson says… " I am a huge southern rock fan and Scott Bartlett's solo album and the Trash the Brand album, Scotty Austin and Steven Pulley's previous band together, are two of my favorite albums, so having them contribute to the song writing on this album has made a huge difference and in my mind sets it apart from previous Saving Abel records. The fact that there were no time constraints this time and the record was basically written on the road seems to have allowed the band to write when they wanted to as opposed to writing when they had to. It's fun not forced."

The upcoming release will be released on November 11, the date was aptly chosen because by the band because it is Veteran's Day. Individually and collectively Saving Abel and its members have always been incredible supporters of the amazing men and women in the US Armed Forces. "18 Days," "Drowning", and "Miss America" were all written and dedicated to the US Military. Since 2009, Saving Abel has had the honor of being invited and traveling to play for the troops in some of the most remote and dangerous places in the world. …Iraq, Qatar, Cuba, Japan, and India just to name a few. No matter where they are or what they are doing, no matter if it's 5 minutes to show time, the boys in Saving Abel will ALWAYS stop what they are doing to acknowledge and thank a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine. Scott Bartlett states " It's amazing that we now feel unencumbered by the confines of the traditional music business to the point that we can release our album on a date of our choosing, We were actually told that we were crazy to be releasing a new record in the 4th quarter, but it is actually a statement for us, to release this album on our own terms, when we want and how we want. At the end of the day all that matters is our music and our fans and what time of year it is isn't really a part of that equation. We're celebrating Veteran's Day with a new record and that's awesome!"

Saving Abel has no plans to slow down and has dates booked into 2015 and further. The band is still in the van and is starting a "Pledge Music" campaign to try to auction off some unique and special VIP experiences in order to be able to get back in a bus again. With the pre sale of the new album, the band will be offering additional add on packages that include fishing and BBQs with the band, guitar lessons, and to allowing fans to perform on their next record." It's all about finding that balance between enjoying your fans, family and friends and having a business that allows you to play music for a living, if we can go fishing and have meals with our fans and it helps us be able to stay on the road, we're all for that, hopefully we can do this forever" says bassist Eric Taylor.
Bucky Covington
Bucky Covington
Bucky Covington is that most remarkable of entertainers—a man known and loved as much for his engaging personality as for his formidable talent. The talent has shone through multiple hit singles that helped push his debut album toward gold status, and will continue to shine with the release of his sophomore album GOOD GUYS on September 11, 2012, with first week sales' proceeds going to Help The Good Guys and the International Association of Fire Fighters. His undeniable likeability and his ability to wear his stardom as comfortably as his jeans has done the rest. Both come together on stage, where the long-haired North Carolinian with the rocker's charisma and the country boy charm thrills old and new fans alike as he criss-crosses the country.

With his first album, Bucky earned a place in the forefront of a new generation of country singers.

He became the best-selling debut artist of the class of 2007, with the best first-week sales and highest Top 200 debut for any male country artist in 15 years. He appeared on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and many others, became part of the Country Sings Disney project, and appeared in Hannah Montana: The Movie. Now, with his second, he leaves behind newcomer status and emerges as one of the true standouts in contemporary country music.

His sophomore project reflects the added depth and maturity Bucky brings to the table. Covington has been working very closely with an organization called Help The Good Guys, which provides immediate financial relief to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. His newest single from GOOD GUYS, "Drinking Side Of Country," is a duet with Shooter Jennings, which Covington wrote and produced. GOOD GUYS will also feature several of Covington's recent radio singles including "I Wanna Be The Feeling."

"I've definitely grown in the past few years," he says. "I'm a little wiser. I'm more tuned in to the world and what's going on, and I'm growing as a person. As all of those things affect my life, they're bound to affect my music."

"Going into my second album," he says, "I think it's something I definitely understand and appreciate even more. You've got to pay heed to those who came before you."

The CD's debut single, "I Wanna Be That Feeling" represents Bucky at his finest, showcasing a singer bringing true passion to a lyric that offers up a real slice of life as well as the feeling of youthfulness that freedom and love conjures in us all.

Overall, it is a project that sees Bucky more than fulfill the promise of his first, a debut that earned him a generous supply of accolades and milestones.

Kicked off by "A Different World," which established him out of the chute as a great stylist and launched him into the Top 5, Bucky Covington announced his arrival as a serious contender. Two follow-up Top Ten hits, "It's Good To Be Us" and "I'll Walk," gave audiences a more in-depth view of the lanky troubadour, and made him one of just three male artists since 2005 to score three consecutive Top Ten hits from a debut album.

Bucky has been honing his highly identifiable sound since his earliest days growing up with his mother, stepfather and twin brother Rocky in Laurinburg, North Carolina. His tastes in country music ran to George Strait, Travis Tritt and Tim McGraw, and he began testing his own vocal skills with a karaoke machine early on.

Still, he lived a normal teenage life, spending time on his dirt bike and picking up experience in his father's body shop. He got a guitar after an album by Canadian singer/guitarist Jeff Healey knocked him out and convinced him to give music a serious try.

He played with rock groups for three years, then followed his passion into a band playing "Southern rock, beach and country." It was called Southern Country and it made him a honky-tonk hero in the area as he packed clubs every weekend.

Friends encouraged him to try Nashville, but when his sister-in-law told him about tryouts for American Idol, he took that route. His striking look and smoky vocals got him into the final 8 and earned him a spot on the Idol tour.

Managers and producers began calling him, but it was a call from Sawyer Brown front man Mark Miller that impressed him.

"A lot of them call you up and talk about the money," he says. "Mark called me up and talked about music–what kind I wanted to make, what I wanted to do."

The two have been in musical partnership since then, and after an amazing ride with now shuttered Lyric Street Records, Bucky has joined forces with Entertainment One. Surrounded by a great team and moving into this second album, he has been embraced fully by country fans.

"I did come off a big TV show," he says, "and at that point you're huge. You feel like you're on top of the world. Then you come back to reality and you're 'that guy that used to be…' After that it's what you make of it, and after three top 10 hits over the past two-and-a-half years, it's been amazing to be welcomed so big by country radio and the fans."Bucky Covington Good Guys

These days his professional life is a combination of studio art and concert stage adventure, and the latter is something he relishes as he strives to perfect his craft in venues that range from crowded bars to festival grounds and big-city arenas.

"Some places are a party," he says. "Some places watch you like a theater show. We work hard to bring our best to both. I have an amazing band. We're very much high-energy and we talk about every show afterward, looking for the things we can do to make it better."

His down-home believability, rock star charisma and impressive vocals make the chore more manageable. The rewards of the journey, of course, are major.

"It's hard to key in on just one thing," he says, asked to name a highlight of the past three years. "I sat down with Stevie Wonder as he played 'Superstition' and I got on stage with Queen. I've hung out with Rascal Flatts on the bus and gone dirt bike riding with Craig Morgan. There are so many others, and it's more cool than I could ever say. Still, the accomplishments really involve the fans. When my album debuted at #1 or I'm nominated for an award, it's them I have to thank. But the best thing may be when you're playing a show and the fans sing your song louder than you. It's hard to beat that."

His growing maturity quickly takes such talk to another level.

"All of that gives you certain responsibilities," he says. "There are kids out there that look up to you. Some kids look at performers like they're Superman, and if you ever saw Superman smoking or drinking you might think that's cool, so that's not something I need to promote. I do have to be more conscious in what I stand for when a little kid looks up to me. I had a cousin who really looked up to me when I was growing up and that helped me. These days, I look at every kid as my cousin."

And he maintains that Everyman approachability.

"My fans are the greatest," he says, "and I'm happy when they ask for a picture or autograph. I figure I owe them that much."

Many of those fans have watched him from his first days on Idol, and have seen him mature as an artist and yet maintain the unspoiled outlook that makes him the complete package—the guy next door with talent and charisma to burn. As he comes into his own both musically and personally, Bucky Covington is more than fulfilling the promise he brought to the table initially, and he continues to establish himself as one of the most exciting and important young performers on the contemporary country scene.
Tantric
Tantric
Tantric is a Gold Selling Alternative Rock Band from Louisville, Kentucky. They are best known for Chart Topping Hit "Breakdown", as well as more than a dozen other Radio Singles, including "Astounded", "Down and Out", "Hey Now", "Mourning", and "Mind Control".

To hear the soundtrack running through Hugo Ferreira's head, just listen to the 13 songs on the new Tantric album. With more than 50 minutes of visceral, diverse rock, 37 Channels musically mines the soul of the Tantric singer, letting listeners inside the band's most personal and evocative album to date—and that's saying something for a platinum-selling group with hit singles including 'Breakdown" and "Down and Out." Of heady new songs like "Loss for Words," "Where Do We Go From Here?" and "Broken," Ferreira explains with a laugh: "I can't afford a therapist, so this is what I do. I regurgitate all my angst and pain and confusion and joy. I'm showing more, letting people into my brain and heart."

Helping give life to 37 Channels are an impressive list of players and friends, including Shooter Jennings (on the quirky "Mosquita"); Leif Garrett, bluesy rhythm guitarist Kenny Olson (Kid Rock); Hinder singer Austin Winkler (co-vocals to "Fault" and "Bullet"); Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett, Uncle Kracker axeman Kevin McCreery; and drummer Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down). But make no mistake; if Ferreira is the only original member, 37 Channels is still very much a Tantric record: "It's always been my baby, I'm still the guy who co-founded the band back in Louisville," he explains. "I've had different incarnations throughout the years, and the sounds have changed with the different players, but his is the most "Tantric" Tantric record so far. I even did my own harmony vocals. The whole album is very articulate to what I wanted it to sound like." While the record's guest list is impressive, the big names are tasteful additions, not flashy add-ons. Ferreira puts it more bluntly: "I didn't let people jerk off all over this record! I'm very protective of it. I used to let things go, but I literally oversaw every aspect of 37 Channels."

That included writing 116 songs, recording 19, and in order to create the uncompromised music he heard in his head, playing all the instruments himself on initial versions of the songs. When he was happy with a tune, he'd then enlist the players to execute it best. "I'm a good guitar player, I'm a great piano player, I'm an ok drummer and I'm a good bass player," he relates. "But I'm really more of a songwriter and singer than anything." Producing the record himself (in addition to doing one song with Fuel/Collective Soul producer Malcolm Springer) Ferreira tracked 37 Channels at Nashville's Rivergate Studios. "It was great after spending two and a half years writing at home." Of that lengthy songwriting process, the frontman explains, "Even if a song isn't about something that happened to me, whether it's me thinking about that poor guy who just walked by looked hungry or whatever, I'm always cognitively thinking. My head doesn't have a shut off switch, and the record reflects that in all the different subject matter. 'Mosquita' has a comical undertone, but 'You Got What You Wanted' and 'Loss for Words' are very serious songs—and they're interconnected."

The album title, as might be clear, references the myriad of topics playing in the singer's mind at any given time, and comes from a lyric in the song "Rise." "I'm the poster child for ADD," he says, "but. I choose not to medicate for that. I'm super hyper, and when people meet me, they're like "there are a lot of tangents on this kid!' Or, as he also analogizes: "There are a lot of branches in this tree, and I hop from one to another a lot. The only time I can focus is when I'm in the studio and I'm by myself, with a little bottle of vodka and a pack of cigarettes."

Despite the sometimes-painful lyrical content, 37 Channels is often a fun record, especially on tracks like "Mosquita" and 'My Turn,' where Ferreira, who calls himself "the antithesis of a rock star!" has a blast randomly ranting and raving. Looking back at the last several years of work that led up to 37 Channels and a new record deal for Tantric, he doesn't regret the time taken, nor place in the current music milieu. He believes this new record has taken—and needed--his lifetime to write: "There are bits and pieces of my entire life in this record, so it really did take my whole life, and that's why it can only be written and recorded in this way."

As 37 Channels makes clear, Tantric is a career band at the peak of its powers, as will be borne out by a tour later this year. While there's diversity within and among the records, the signature Ferreira vocals and sensibilities shine through. As he concludes, "I consider Tantric a boat that I float in—it's a vessel that carries the music. So I never feel restrictions. It doesn't have any rules. Tantric music can be super-heavy, light--or both It's really an open book with no ending in sight."
Wayland
Wayland
Wayland is a four piece rock n' roll band consisting of Mitch Arnold on vocals, Phillip Vilenski on guitar, Dean Pizzazz on bass, and Tyler Coburn on drums. All four members have deep roots in the midwest, and the band is named after Phillip Vilenski's hometown of Wayland, MI.

Managed by Jesse James Dupree, (Jackyl, Full Throttle Saloon) the band released their first album (self-titled) in 2010. They have since released a four-song EP, "Welcome To My Head." The title track had a successful run on Active Rock Radio.

The bands 2nd single Reno won many "best of" radio awards in 2013 all across the country. Wayland's current single "Get A Little" peaked at #6 on the iTunes rock chart and was labeled the "Friday Song" on radio stations nation wide. Wayland is currently in the studio working on a new album.
Staying true to the their midwest work ethic, Wayland has a reputation for high energy live shows. . "Always on tour," the band averages 2-300 shows a year.

They have shared bills with some of rock's biggest acts such as Alice in Chains, Volbeat, Halestorm, Rob Zombie, Brett Michaels, Sammy Hagar, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Seether, Hinder, Shinedown, Buckcherry, Jackyl, Slash, Alice Cooper and many more. Perfect harmonies, riveting guitar solos, and lyrics that connect to working class America, keeps this band in demand.

Since first hitting the road in January 2012, the band has steadily built a grassroots following. Wayland is very true to staying connected with the their fanbase, the Wayland Warriors, and is active on many Social Media platforms.
Royal Bliss
Royal Bliss
Royal Bliss is modern rock with equal parts beauty and tragedy. The band has already been through enough to justify their own VH1 Behind The Music episode complete with addiction, near death experiences, car crashes, and law suits.

Hailing from Salt Lake City, Royal Bliss gradually came together after high school when guitarist Chris Harding stumbled into a pizza parlor where frontman Neal Middleton was playing a solo gig. "I told Chris I would love to sing in a band and he invited me to jam with his band at a rehearsal" says Middleton. "That night we instantly clicked and wrote four songs." The next day Middleton dropped out of college and quit his day job to pursue the rock n roll dream.
Sunspot
Sunspot
Rock band Sunspot has racked up a few awards and a lot of recognition during the past decade, including winning Rock Album of the Year in the Madison Area Music Association Awards for Singularity (2010) and Loser of the Year (2004).

The band has recorded six albums, a DVD and two Eps, as well as over 160 biweekly video podcasts (Sunspot Road Mania), and have shared the stage with Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Sponge, SevenMaryThree, Hot Hot Heat, Crash Test Dummies and Sick Puppies. In 2010, Sunspot released the DVD version of their multimedia spectacle, Major Arcana. That was followed by the EP, Deus Ex Machina in March 2011. Also in early 2011, Sunspot licensed their song, "Go, Pack!" to FOX Sports for their Super Bowl coverage, with some residual coverage for the song on NPR as well as numerous Wisconsin radio stations.
Venue Information:
Crystal Grand
430 W Munroe Ave
Wisconsin Dells, WI, 53965
http://www.crystalgrand.com/