Altered Five Blues Band’s Jeff Schroedl: “With slow blues, take your time. Don’t empty your magazine too soon”

Jeff Schroebl
(Image credit: Aigars Lapsa)

Holler If You Hear Me, the sixth album from Milwaukee-based quintet Altered Five Blues Band, is a joyous celebration of all things earthy and honest. Their take on the blues is multifaceted – taking inspiration from different eras and movements, as well as channeling elements of swing and jazz to add to their collective pentatonic power. 

For guitarist Jeff Schroedl, it all stems from his love for Joe Pass and Charlie Christian alongside heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).