Altered Five | Gotta Earn It

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Gotta Earn It

by Altered Five

Highly anticipated sophomore album from rising Milwaukee blues/soul band touted as a "righteous blast" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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1. Ain't That Peculiar
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4:36 album only
2. Three Wishes
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4:06 album only
3. You've Got to Earn It
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4:30 album only
4. Keep the Best
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3:56 album only
5. Older, Wiser, Richer
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4:08 album only
6. Mona Lisa
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3:54 album only
7. Tight Spot
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4:13 album only
8. Dynamite
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3:23 album only
9. Watch Yourself
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4:22 album only
10. Bounce Back
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3:52 album only


Album Notes
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 quintet's sophomore album, Gotta Earn It, is a 10-song set featuring seven originals. Singer Jeff Taylor’s powerful voice anchors the sound and drives home the message in songs like the 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 Raymond Tevich and guitarist Jeff Schroedl. Guitar World magazine raves that Schroedl has “hi-tech chops” and contributes “superlative solo work.” The group also puts its stamp on three covers: a driving, bluesified 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.”

Award-winning blues journalist Dave Rubin declares: "As authentic as a tangy Memphis soul stew, Altered Five breathes fire into deep groove, original R&B and blues. Led by the passion and polish of barrel-chested singer Jeff "JT" Taylor and the explosive, fret-bending guitarist Jeff Schroedl, the five blues brothers play vital music that nurtures the spirit and moves the body."


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