Slide guitar has a natural vocal quality that has always fascinated me. I approach my guitar solos melodically, the way a vocalist sings. Overplaying is like trying to talk too fast, or shout in a crowded room - no one can hear what you are really saying unless you choose words carefully, and in just the right amount with the right inflection. I’ll kick up a notch when I need to, though…..”-Stan
Bassist and vocalist Ron Bretz began his musical career in his hometown of Detroit. His band, The Bouys, played at the legendary Grande Ballroom and opened for MC5, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent’s Amboy Dukes, and Frigid Pink. As much as he loved playing music, Ron had second thoughts about pursuing a career in music. After seeing a T-shirt that read, “Real musicians have day jobs”, Ron decided to go to law school. Throughout his career as a public defender and law professor, he never stopped playing music.
In 1998, Ron joined Stan and drummer Dan Mead to form 3rd Degree. That relationship has turned into the most rewarding period of his musical life. Together, Ron and Stan have played at clubs and blues festivals throughout Michigan and in Memphis, Tennessee. While he loves the blues, Ron is heavily influenced by the music of the 60’s and 70’s and brings his love of strong melodies and harmonies to the band. Ron has also contributed original songs based on his skewed sense of humor or on stories inspired by some of his public defender clients.
Catherine Groll grew up in the New Mexico desert howling at the moon and dancing in drum circles. She sang in church choir, high school musicals and garage bands until she moved to Michigan and discovered Midwestern style Chicago blues , which were a perfect match for her smoky vocals and gritty delivery. Catherine considers the blues her life soundtrack, and her voice is a distinctive blend of great blues divas like Francine Reed, Bonnie Raitt, and Susan Tedeschi.
Richard “ Bear” Alicea
Rick started his music career at the age of 14 playing drums for a local Mexican Band. While he enjoyed the experience, he was drawn to the music of the seventies in particular Carlos Santana and his band who influences can still be felt in Ricks music today, Rick has never wanted to feel boxed into any one genre of music and has had the opportunity to learn and play with some of area's finest Blues,Jazz, Country and Urban Bands, Rick singing is as heartfelt and soulful as his drumming. Rick has had the opportunity to play around the US including Las Vegas, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Washington DC. When not playing music he spends time with his grandson whom he hopes will follow suit.
Roger Little is a veteran of all things keyboard.Piano,organ & accordion are all at his command.Cajun ,blues & roots americana styles weave seemlessly thru his playing.
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Catherine's theme song!!
One of our new songs from Capitol Area Blue Society Blues Brawl 05/19/19
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Stan Budzynski & 3rd Degree's distinctive slide guitar blues sound has been finely honed since 1998. Their sound is shaped by a rich mix of Detroit soul and Chicago electric blues. Catherine Groll’s powerful, smoky vocals round out the band’s soulful harmonies, electrifying originals and unique cover tunes. One of the high points of their shows is classic call & response between slide guitar & vocals.Their rich history of experiences & influences captivates the audience & satisfies the soul.Please consider adding them to your festival or concert calendar!
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