The Altered Five makes music with swaggering, bruising, barrelhouse grit! A 2018 Blues Music Award nominee, this Milwaukee-based quintet released its latest album, Holler If You Hear Me, on Blind Pig Records. Recorded over five days in Nashville, TN and produced by three-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, the 13 original tracks showcase the band’s deft songwriting, frontman Jeff Taylor’s mighty baritone voice, and the intuitive musical interplay of the longtime bandmates. Harmonica ace Jason Ricci also joins the group on five tracks. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Blues Chart.
The group honed its sound and live show over years of writing and performing. Rock & Blues Muse calls them, “A creative force in modern blues…as good as blues music gets.” Their song “Great Minds Drink Alike” won first place in the blues category of the International Songwriting Competition and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel touts the band’s “burn-it-down live show.”
Downbeat Magazine proclaims frontman Jeff Taylor’s vocals to be “Powerful” and guitarist Jeff Schroedl’s “live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity.” Bassist, Mark Solveson anchors the rock-solid rhythm section with drummer Alan Arber, and Raymond Tevich melds his crafty keyboard work to top off the group’s signature sound. 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.
With the reviews for the new record already pouring in, Look for The Altered Five to make a Huge Blues Rockin’ Splash in 2022!!! Lookout! CANNONBALL!