Talking about blues players outside America, one of the most authentic artists you’ll ever find is Sven Zetterberg (1952-2016). Sven was the uncrowned king of Swedish blues, an excellent singer and songwriter, a guitarist with his own recognizable style and a harmonica player with extraordinary skills – he was a truly house-hold name all over Scandinavia.
This was how Sven introduced himself on this page, as updated the year he passed:
This year- 2016 – I’m celebrating my 44th anniversary as a live performing artist. On the 28th of March I turned 64 years old.
My new album, ”Something for everybody”, was released this year and I am happy for the flattering reviews it has received both in Sweden and abroad. Anders Lewén did a marvellous job producing the album. He was also involved in the songwriting together with me.
About my bands:
In my main band, the Sven Zetterberg Blues Band, I have the pleasure of playing with my close colleagues since many years back. They are Anders Lewén or Thomas Hammarlund on guitar, Mikael Fahleryd on bass, Jim Ingvarsson on drums and Matti Ollikainen or Calle Brickman on keyboards. What we play mostly could be described as a mixture of Old School and Southern Soul.
My other band, Sven Z Trio, is more of a juke joint sounding constellation with a more harsh and raw bluesy sound. We are Little Hank on guitar, Stefan Sundlöf on drums and myself on guitar, harp and vocal. We share a history of over forty years of playing together, starting with our first big success, Telge blues and continuing with, among others, Chicago Express. We will be playing gigs every now and then all over Scandinavia this year.
So welcome to our gigs. I am going to keep on playing and performing. It is what keeps me going. That’s what my life is all about.
*Sven passed away on December 21st, just a few days after he had finished the Christmas Tour of 2016, seventeen gigs all around Sweden. He gave his all to the blues he so loved, to his audiences. That really was what his life was all about.