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Lazy Afternoon – Almost Home
It began as a solo project with mostly co-written songs. The album was named Lazy Afternoon. To perform the songs, a band with the same as the disc name was put together. Stefan was on the bass from the start. Band members came and went and sometime at the turn of 2014/2015 we took a decision to record a bunch of songs. Stefan (choir and bass), Jörgen (melodeons), André (guitars), Mattias (drums) and I (vocals and bouzouki). Five of them were released as singles during the year and around the next year we recorded the rest. Now Pontus came in on guitar instead of André, who had moved to Stockholm. We released the album in the spring of 2016 and called it “Whatever!” A bit awkward and cocky: “We play this music whatever you say”.
In the summer of 2016, Cristina (song and guitar) joined the band and then we put over several songs on her to sing and also some duets.
2017 we got Maria (choir and percussion) too. Now we had enough strong singers to create lovely harmonies, two really talented soloists on melodeon and guitar and a solid rhythm section and good songwriters. We released a sample of what was to come in the spring of 2018. A two songs single that gave fine reviews.
Shortly before we recorded the rest of the album in the fall of 2018, we lost our drummer. Said and done, Stefan had to change the bass to the drums and Lars came in on bass.
When we now release our second studio album with studio technician Anders, we have got Aaron as a live-technician, Johan as an agent and Peter as marketing and promoting. In addition, we have had Ancha who designed two albums now and all singles.
The album is released on the Paraply record, which released the latest Mikael Ramel album and the distribution is handled by Border Music. Now I feel we are : Almost Home.
/ Bo Ahlbertz
Bo Ahlbertz – vocals (lead) and Irish bouzouki
Cristina Säfsten – vocals (lead) and accoustic guitar
Jörgen Ahlqvist – accordion and melodeons
Lars Johansson – bass
Maria Nordseth – percussions and harmonies
Pontus Nordborg – electric guitar and harmonies
Stefan Magnusson – drums and harmonies
Releases: The singles “Any Road”, “As Time is Passing”, “Before you fall asleep”, “Goodbye” and “Viva La Quinta Brigada” (2015, Artache)
CD-Album Whatever! (May 2016, Artache)
Vinyl Album Whatever! (Oct 2016, Artache)
Jeff Lindqvist – mandoline
Lars Krutof – dobro
André Kristiansson – electric guitars
Mattias Svensson – drums