Drew Abbott started out playing drums at a young age
but later on gravitated to the guitar, studying Eric Clapton and B.B.
In the late ‘60s, he was a member of the aptly
named power trio, Third Power, who covered Cream and Jimi
Hendrix but whose only LP, Believe, was deemed too hard by Vanguard music execs. Days after the album’s
release, Third Power was dropped from the payroll.
Undaunted, the Detroit-based Abbott found session work
with the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder.
Fate stepped in in the guise
of his manager Punch Andrews, who just happened to also manage Bob Seger. He
put the two of them in touch with each other and Seger,
wearying of trying to transform himself into a lead guitarist, asked Abbott
to join his band. They first
recorded together on Bob Seger & The Silver
Bullet Band’s 1974 release, Seven. It was a partnership that would last
about six years. Abbott’s
guitar licks can be heard on Against
the Wind, Beautiful Loser, Live Bullet, Night Moves, Nine Tonight,
and Stranger in Town.
the Wind, Seger replaced Abbott and the
subsequent fallout from comments Seger made to
the press caused a rift in their relationship that has never completely
Abbott spent little time licking his wounds and moved
to Traverse City, Michigan, in 1983, settled down, and started a
family. He got involved in the
real estate game, but it didn’t keep him out of the clubs, where he
had already made in-roads with some local musicians, most notably Tim Sparling, with whom he formed Burning Circle. The band recorded an album, but it
was never released.
Abbott has since performed with a number of line-ups,
including the humorously titled Drew Abbott Formerly of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band and Drew Abbott and
the Stray Bullet. Other more
serious endeavours have included Blue Highway and
his latest project, Leo Creek.
Abbott and Seger were reuinited in 2004, when Seger
asked him to take the stage with him at his induction into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet recordings
Feel Like a
Number (Bob Seger)