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Highway 414 (four, one, four) got its start when guitarist Saul Aaron Oliver decided to realize his dream of putting a band together. Although he had only played guitar for about ten years, his tenacity and love of music allowed him to surpass most of his contemporaries. After a long and sometimes frustrating process, he found drummer Eric Sorenson, another hard working, quick study, vocalist/harmonica player Paul Fecke, who was on hiatus after finishing a tour with another band and most recently, bass player Jon Matelski, a career musician who over the years has played a variety of funk, jazz, r&b and alt rock, as well as blues and classic rock.
Over thirty years separates the oldest from the youngest member in this band. The thing we all have in common, no matter how young or old, is we were all heavily influenced by the rock music of the 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond, from the early Stones and Yardbirds to Zeppelin, Cream, Allman Bros. ZZ Top, Stevie Ray, all the way to Guns & Roses and Kid Rock. The common thread that runs through all these various artists is the influence of the blues. The blues is the foundation for most all the music we grew up with and felt inspired by, so for us it is important to stay in touch with that foundation.
What sets this band apart is that we are not trying to sound like anyone else. We play what we like, the music that makes us feel good. It doesn't matter if we're performing a cover or one of several original songs, it comes from the soul, not from the head. We do not chase the latest pop sound. We grew up in working class homes. We play working class music for working class people.