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. With a common love of the blues and backgrounds rooted in 60’s rock,
Ron Bretz, Dan Mead,and Stan Budzynski hit if off immediately.
3rd Degree honed their set list, and soon after began a five year run with a house gig at The Exchange beginning in February 1999.
In 2005 and again in 2009 they won the Capital Area Blues Society’s annual Blues Brawl with sets of all-original tunes.
Bandleader Stan Budzynski is one of the most recognizable names in the Lansing area, and one of the Midwest’s premier slide guitar players. Blues and slide guitar are the core of Stan’s musical style; he has absorbed all the
influences from Son House to Sonny Landreth.
Ron Bretz brings his Detroit roots of garage bands,r&b & rock. Drummer Dan Mead brings a cutting edge new rock sensibility to the mix.
The addition of new keyboard player Greg Hodge has added a dimension of energy and stage antics.Stan and 3rd Degree have paid their dues to play the blues. They’ve played private and corporate parties, political fund-raisers, clubs all around the
state, the 2006 & 2010 International Blues Challenge Finals in Memphis, the Jackson Blues Festival, the Shepherd Blues Festival, and four appearances the Old Town Blues Festival.
Stan is also the proprietor of his local production and recording studio, Guitarman Productions,
specializing in blues recordings. www.guitarmanproductions.com
Live and Kickin’, 2007
Best of 3rd Degree, 2007
Stan Budzynski & 3RD Degree Live @ OTBF 2008
Cell: 517 588-8595