Absylom Rising
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Absylom Rising

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The best kept secret in music


""Pumping live tunes""

"Pumping live tunes... These guys are jamming rockers, incorporating elements of funk, bluegrass, and delta-blues." --Mark Steele, The Telluride Watch--Telluride, CO - The Telluride Watch: Telluride, CO

""A lengthy, high-energy show""

"A lengthy, high-energy show... influenced by bands like Phish, Bob Dylan, and Athens' own Widespread Panic." --Amy Farley, The Red and Black, Athens, GA - The Red and Black: Athens, GA

""Those four [now five] boys""

"Those four [now five] boys are some of the nicest southern gentleman I have had the pleasure to spend time with in a long time, and their music is incredible."---Valley Planet, Huntsville, AL
- Valley Planet: Huntsville, AL


Under the Radar; 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


Absylom Rising all began when lead guitarist Gabe Rikard and rhythm guitarist Heath Mahan went skiing in Colorado with a group of high school buddies. Jamming around the fire at night and pickin' on the curb for repair money for their broken down van during the trip home convinced the duo to gig together when they got back. Gabe was working on his doctorate in Oxford, MS, and that's where they met Jonathan Williams, who stepped in at bass a year later. When Jonathan graduated, the trio hit the road, but pieces were still missing, and a monthly gig in Jackson, TN turned up a smoking drummer named John Ashley. The trio became a quartet, and for the first time Absylom Rising was a full band. Today, AR is on track to play over 200 shows this year alone, and their irreverent blend of musical genres is beginning to take hold.