Absylom Rising's influences
1. Jimi Hendrix
The man was fearless on stage, repeatedly crossing boundaries both musical and social.
They were willing to attempt various genres and styles with reckless abandon.
3. Stevie Ray Vaughan
He had the meanest guitar sound on the planet!
4. Crosby, Stills & Nash
We love three-part harmonies, and theirs were impeccable.
5. Frank Zappa
An artist in every way, he worked and thought completely outside the box.
6. Widespread Panic
They've charted a progressive business model in a changing music industry.
7. The Allman Brothers Band
Those parallel guitar melodies are the best!
8. The Meters
We love the funk, and nobody does it like The Meters.
9. Perpetual Groove
This band has a mellow groove with nice melodic themes.
10. Grateful Dead
The ultimate traveling band; live performance was the center of their world.
- Explained by Heath Mahan
- Monday, March 3, 2008, 10 p.m.
- Tugboat Grill & Pub, 1860 Ski Time Square Drive, Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs When Heath Mahan lists the musicians that have influenced his work as a rhythm guitar player and vocalist for Mississippi jam rock band Absylom Rising, nothing comes as much of a surprise.
Like many of the acts on Mahan's list, Absylom Rising thrives on a steady tour schedule, fleshing out simple tunes with extended guitar solos, never-ending bass lines and travel-song lyrics.
It's when Mahan explains why he lists the legends he does that things get interesting. Widespread Panic makes the cut not because of its out-of-control success and rabid collegiate following, but because the band has managed to adapt to a sea change in the live music business. Crosby, Stills & Nash stands out because of its knack for carefully constructed vocal harmonies.
On Monday and Tuesday at the Tugboat, Absylom Rising will bring its interpretation of those qualities to Steamboat Springs for the band's second trip here.