Talking about blues players outside America it´s hard to leave out Sven Zetterberg, Sweden´s most versatile artist in this field. Being both an excellent singer, guitarist,songwriter and harmonica player extraordinary, he has become a house-hold name all over Scandinavia. Born in Skärblacka on the 28th of March in 1952, Sven took music seriously enough to perform in school at the age of seven.

”I didn´t know any real english words and couldn´t actually play any instrument but my grand-mother had bought me an acoustic guitar that I fooled around with trying to mimic Elvis Presley. The first black performer I heard was Little Richard and he almost drove me crazy with his wild,frantic singing.”

In 1964 he first heard Mick Jagger play harmonica and later that year heard Sonny Boy Williamson(Rice Miller) and that got him started. ”The Blues activated something in me and it still moves me”.

”Harmonica was my main instrument to begin with. I didn´t start playing guitar seriously until I was 24.” The first bluesband, Telge Blues,was formed in 1972 and lasted long enough to make the Phillips record company interested enough to release an album in 1975.

Today,many albums later, Sven hasn´t lost interest in performing or recording and two of his albums, ”Blues from within” and ”Let me get over it” were both nominated for a Grammy in Sweden.

Today, unfortunately, the rules been changed so that no blues cd whatsoever can compete with other types of music in Sweden.

Sven has never regretted that he left his job as a delivery van driver for the swedish postal service  back in 1985 to become a full time musician and is constantly performing and recording. His singing and playing through the years have resulted in an unmistakably original style that is his own.”I do a lot of blues ”live” but also include deep soul material, originals as well as classic soul.

Sven Zetterberg Blues Band

Sven Zetterberg: Vocal, Guitar, Harmonica

Anders Lewen: Guitar

Mikael Fahleryd: Bass

Jim Ingvarsson: Drums

Matti Ollikainen/Calle Brickman: Keyboards


Sven Z Trio

Sven Zetterberg: Vocal, Guitar, Harmonica

Little Hank: Guitar

Stefan Stoffe Sundlöf: Drums