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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Altered Five "Gotta Earn It" CD Release Party At Milwaukee Ale House


     (Milwaukee) - Blues/soul band Altered Five presents a CD Release Party for their new album "Gotta Earn It" (Conclave/Cold Wind Records) at the Milwaukee Ale House, 233 N. Water St., Friday, December 14. 9:30 p.m. $5. Info: (414) 276-2337 or

   The Milwaukee-based quintet have received positive reviews since Gotta Earn It was released two weeks ago. "Tight, state-of-the-art band, with some of the coolest music to listen to!," says Dave Johnson, host of the nationally-syndicated Blues Deluxe radio show. "A wide variety of groove that are flat-out fun to listen to," writes Blues 411.  "A really strong release from a band I had not been aware of prior to this listening. Grab a copy, I think you'll like it," states Bman's Blues Report. "I love it when I pop in a Cd from a band I've never heard before and get blown away by how good it is. I just had that feeling from the sophomore release from Milwaukee-based band Altered Five," raves Blues Bytes"Altered Five's delectable brew of blues and soul has caused me to join a wide audience that is taking notice of this highly-talented band," opines Bommerocity magazine.          

                               Altered Five - Gotta Earn It (One-Sheet Additional Info.)
  Proclaimed "a staple of the Midwest's band scene" and "a festival favorite" by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Altered Five's delectable brew of blues and soul has a wide audience taking notice. The group's sophomore album, Gotta Earn It, is a ten-song set featuring seven originals. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, front-man Jeff Taylor's voice is"gloriously gritty." The Shepherd Express simply states he sounds like "a voice from Stax/Volt 45s." Altered Five formed in 2002 and quickly gained a reputation for its inventive arrangements and distinctive sound. Isthmus magazine called the band "a rising blues unit" and declared, "The group delivers the element of surprise."
  On the quintet's new release, "JT" Taylor's powerful voice anchors the sound and drives home the message in songs likethe brooding ballad "Three Wishes," the wistful, burning blues of "Older, Wiser, Richer," and the yearning "Mona Lisa." The rhythm section of drummer Scott Schroedl and bassist Mark Solveson grooves hard and enjoys telepathic interaction with keyboardist Ray Tevich and guitarist Jeff Schroedl. Guitar World raves that Schroedl has "hi-tech chops" and contributes "superlative solo work." The group also puts its stamp on three covers: a driving, blues-ified take on the early Marvin Gaye hit "Ain't That Peculiar"; a revved-up reading of Buddy Guy's 1961 Chess recording "Watch Yourself"; and the cool, sassy groove of another Motown original, "You've Got to Earn It."
   It's been said that "the blues is a feeling," so when the Minneapolis Star Tribune states that the band is a "righteous blast," you know they play it right.       


Gotta Earn It One-Sheet

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