Claes Almroth, born in Sweden, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. As he grew older, his interest in music blossomed and he began playing the piano. It wasn’t long until he picked up the harmonica.
At the young age of 13 or 14, the “underground” FM rock radio came into existence . Claes heard artists such as Paul Betterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, BB King, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. He also grew acquainted with British blues artists including Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac. They became huge influences in his life and encouraged him to continue in his musical journey. After Claes visited New Orleans and witnessed a performance by Punch Miller’s Bunch, he became a changed young man.
He relocated to Oregon from California during the 70’s and continued his journey. He began in Corvallis where he played in a jug band, a blues band, and enrolled in music classes. In the 80’s 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.
Feel free to hear his music and learn more about him on myspace.
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