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Carl Bell and Jeff Abercrombie grew up as boyhood friends in a small Western Tennessee town Growing up without television in a two stop light town Bells primary entertainment as a teenager was listening to the 500 vinyl albums his older brother won from a Memphis radio station Although both boys started out playing guitar Abercrombie jokes that Bell slyly convinced him to play the bass cause it was cooler In a town so small that there were only 27 people in Bells graduating class the guys found themselves struggling to find fellow musicians Abercrombie was actually the first to meet Brett Scallions who grew up in the town of Brownsville Tennessee and was trying to get by playing small gigs with various musicians Fuel finally crystallized when Scallions joined the band on lead vocals and rhythm guitar The group recorded an eight-song demo cassette which sold nearly 5000 copies at shows and stores That first flush of success convinced them that a move to a larger city with greater radio gig and media options was essential Although Harrisburg Pennsylvania may not rank with Seattle or Austin as user-friendly music towns Fuel made the most of a great location that placed them in a central point near Philadelphia New York Baltimore and Washington DC We began to build a loyal following says Scallions The fan base supported us from day one and it just grew and grew In fact upon the release of the bands self-produced promoted and financed EP Porcelain local radio stations immediately jumped on an early version of Shimmer garnering the band early airplay sold-out gigs positive press and the attention of record companies Shortly after a gig at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia Fuel was signed to 550 Music At the same time drummer Kevin Miller befriended Bell Scallions and Abercrombie while playing with another East Coast band After recording Sunburn with an outside
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