Claes Almroth, originally from Sweden, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His love of music grew as he began playing piano and later picked up the harmonica. When Claes turned 13 or 14, a new influence presented itself, the “underground” FM rock radio. Since Blues music was a part of this new program, artists such as Paul Betterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, as well as British blues artists including Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac became huge influences in his life. Then, Claes visited New Orleans, witnessed a performance by Punch Miller’s Bunch, and became a changed young man after seeing the first generation of jazz musicians.
After relocating to Oregon from California during the 70’s , Claes grew serious about a life in the music scene. His Oregon journey began in Corvallis where he played in a jug band, a blues band, and enrolled in music classes. In the 80’s, craving a larger music scene, he moved to Portland. After several name and band changes, The Blueprints were born. Today, he plays in a number of bands, where he sings lead and harmony vocals; plays the keyboard, and harmonica, as well as writes and records his own music.
Other bands he performs with include:
- The Blueprints
- Claes and Sons
- Reverb Brothers
- The New Iberians
He also plays with Johnny Ward and the Papas occasionally.
Several of his tunes with various bands are available on myspace.
Just a reminder that there’s free poker Monday evenings at 7 p.m. This weekend will have plenty of live music from new groups as well as regulars so stay tuned.
See ya there!