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Sven Zetterberg

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  • Born: Skärblacka, Sweden
  • Years Active: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Scandinavian bluesman Sven Zetterberg has been impressing Swedish audiences since the early '70s with his guitar, harp, and raw soulful vocals. He was born in 1952 in Skarblacks, Sweden, and started playing harmonica at the age of 12 when he discovered the music of Little Walter. His first band, Telge Blues, was formed in 1972 and played the Swedish club scene for a number of years, followed by the formation of Sven Zetterberg and the Chicago Express. This band, for the better part of ten years, held the top position in the Swedish blues scene and recorded four albums -- The Blue Solution in 1990, Watch Your Step 1991, Permanently Blue 1995, and Steppin' Out in 1996 -- before breaking up. Through the years, Zetterberg has learned from and played with a host of American blues greats who have traveled through Scandinavia, including Jimmy Rogers, Sunnyland Slim, and Jimmy McCracklin. In 1979, Zetterberg made his first trip to America, heading directly to Chicago, making further contacts with several important musicians. This culminated in the 1983 album Chicago Blues Meeting, featuring Sunnyland Slim and S.P. Leary. Zetterberg continued to tour and release discs, including his first solo recording Blues From Within on the Amigo label in 1999. Let Me Get Over It followed in spring 2001.