Formed in early 2006, JAB was founded by fraternity brothers: Josh Abbott, Austin Davis, Drew Hurt, and Neel Huey. After playing mostly acoustic open mic night shows at The Blue Light, Josh and Austin called on Drew and Neel to give the band a rhythm section. On their debut night, The Blue Light packed in a full house and a sense of something special was present! After a year of picking up local shows and greek parties, the band released a self-titled LP in 2007 featuring four tracks. Immediately, the band recorded a music video for "Buried Me" and entered it in the Music City Madness competition on CMT.com. After beating out over 600 other videos, the live concept video made the final cut!
The momentum kept rolling and JAB's popularity began to grow rapidly in Lubbock and on the Tech campus. Eventually, the band began to pick up road shows, and were invited to play the Zieg-Fest after-party at Lake Bryan. JAB knew they were starting to arrive when some of Texas country's most popular artists came to party and watch them, including: Eli Young Band, Roger Creager, Rich O'Toole, Kyle Bennett Band, and Brady Black of Randy Rogers Band. JAB has now played shows with: Pat Green, Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, Cory Morrow, Rich O'Toole, Adam Hood, Ryan James, The Hogg Maulies, Johnny Cooper, Matt Martindale, Charlie Shafter Band, and many more!