Stan Budzynski and 3rd Degree is a Lansing-area band specializing in slide guitar blues since 1998 who have taken the best of their influences and honed their own distinctive style: a rich mix of Detroit soul, Chicago electric blues, early influences like Eric Clapton and Duane Allman fused with tones of today’s Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford and Delbert McClinton represent the band’s distinctive sound. The recent addition of vocalist Catherine Groll brings a fresh element of energy, new harmonies, and a variety of electrifying material.
Stan and the band are two-time winners of the Capital Area Blues Challenge and are regular performers at clubs and blues festivals statewide. Says Stan, “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 it up a notch when I need to, though.”
From the stage expect to hear a full repertoire of original tunes and unique covers that is 3rd Degree’s forte. Band members include bassist Ron Bretz, Catherine Groll on vocals, and drummer Dan Mead and Greg Hodge on keyboards.
"Many guitar players in today's blues world, try and play fast and hard. Stan Budzynski is one who still remembers what this music is about. There's a small list of good slide players, Stan is on that list. "
~James Armstrong, Blues Music Award Nominee
$5 at the door