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1. Stene - Swedish Country, Americana style artist
Stene, was born in Stockholm in 1968 and consequently grew up with the music of the 70’s. Early influences were coming from his parents radio and stereo in the form of Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens that was constantly played. During the summer of ‘73 Stene experienced a turn of tide as he heard Sweets song Ballroom Blitz. “It was a totally different sound! Every time the song was played I was there stuck to the radio!” says Stene.

During his teenage, Stene played in various garage bands both as a drummer and as a singer. His first band played Reggae and Punk. At the time bands like Dag Vag and Ebba Grön was the hot stuff in Sweden. Personally Stene wanted to play metal, but noone in the band could write such music. By the late 80’s, Stene was a singer in a Whitesnake cover band called Snakebite but eventually got bored and moved to the US. Over there he got in touch with country and americana. He got sold on that style of music which was totally new to him.

During the 90’s he played with Per Enqvist in Mån Män, a band with its music style based on very straight forward lyrics in Swedish. “It was really fun to try it. It’s much easier for people to listen when you write in that way and in Swedish. But now I’m back to English again. A language I feel way more comfortable in”.

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