Jeff Schroedl: "I like to think of my style as guitar gumbo - I focus on the things that set me apart"

Altered Five Blues Band's Jeff Schroedl
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“I like to think of my style as guitar gumbo” says Altered Five Blues Band’s Jeff Schroedl. “I’ve listened to everyone, and my influences range from BB, Albert and Freddie King to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and the jazz guys like Kenny Burrell, Grant Green and Joe Pass. We all draw from different influences, and I think what we’ve ended up with is a unique blend.”

The Wisconsin band’s new album, Ten Thousand Watts, is a testament to their stylistic diversity. Not only do they have the enviable knack of delivering snappy songs that pack a punch without overstaying their welcome (much like Anson Funder-burgh and Little Charlie & the Nightcats), but they also have quite the knack for humorous and often alcohol-inspired song lyrics. 

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.