Al schorsch IV
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Al schorsch IV

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Chicago has always been a melting pot for southern music, from the birth of bluegrass to the WLS Barn Dance. Al Schorsch's music, like his home town, is broad shouldered. The base of it all is banjo played in the clawhammer style. This style is straight ahead melody and a wildly driving rhythm. This style is older than the glitzy blugrass banjo and lends itself more to old fiddle tunes, murder ballads, country heartbreakers, and punk rock call to arms.
Al began playing when he dropped out of high school and picked up his mother's banjo. With nothing to do but play to himself, he improved greatly. Soon, Al started playing solo shows. His backround in theater and improvisation made him as comfortable on stage as well as on the couch.
Never playing outside of Chicago for a year or more, Al jumped at the chance to tour with a punk band from Tennesee. While playing at houses across the Midwest, East coast, and South east Al was well received, even when sandwhiched between three loud punk bands. This goes to show that punk and southern folk music share many common traits. Mainly, that both type of musicians do not sit idley by and listen to what's being played on the radio. Both have a drive to create music for themselves and their friends. So with a passion for punk spirit and DIY self reliance, Al returned to Chicago.
Since, Al has played through out the midwest and done a street performing tour of Chicago, Boston, and New York. Curently living in Red Wing, MN being trained as a luthier, Al busks and gigs in the MNPLS area regularly.