The stage lights are on. The guitar, base guitar and drums have been tuned. Test. Test one. The crowd goes wild. Test. Test two. With the words “Sweet Home Alabama” rolling off of the lips of Carter Naftel, lead singer and guitar player for the band Southern Addiction, the party begins.
Southern Addiction is a four member band that consists of Auburn University students: Carter Naftel, Marc Wendorf, James Casey and Nick Cox. Over the past three years, Southern Addiction has played at venues in Auburn such as Quixote’s, Auburn Ale House, In Italy, Touchdown’s and Supper Club.
With all of the band members living and studying in Auburn, it makes it easy for them to travel together on the weekends since they are on the road approximately three to four times a month.
“It has been a blessing to be able to have a band in Auburn,” said Naftel. “We have had the chance to play at many different events on campus and throughout the community, including fraternity and sorority functions as well as the Sticks Country Music Festival.”
Playing mostly southern rock, classic rock and country, Naftel enjoys playing selections by The Eagles, AC/DC, Guns and Roses, Garth Brooks and Hank Williams Jr. However, the boys throw in a few originals each show.
“We collaborate as a group and write some songs together,” said Naftel. “I always enjoy playing our originals to see if others like them.”
With music playing an important role in Naftel’s life, he looks to many lead singers of bands for inspiration. Pointing at an old poster hanging on his wall of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the band The Doors, Naftel speaks of his favorite lead singer.
“As a singer in the 1960s, Jim Morrison led the The Doors in a new direction,” said Naftel. “I like him because he did things that no one else had done and expanded a genre.”
Get addicted with Southern Addiction in Auburn with an upcoming show at Bad Habits and an event scheduled for the Iron Bowl weekend.
“Music always makes me happy,” explained Naftel. “It makes me feel good when I can play for other people and see that they are having a good time.”
The lights shut off. The crowd yells for one more song. With the strum of a guitar, the crowd begins dancing and singing the words “I got friends in low places” and the party continues.