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For 30 years, Wisconsin musician, composer, and producer John Altenburgh has been creating memorable songs in the Jazz, Blues, RnB, Classical, and Rock genres. Three of his albums have charted on the Billboard Jazz charts, and he's been featured on NBC’s Poker After Dark, Comedy Central, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and many more. Playing frequently live and on national syndicated Blues programs, John has been heard on Blues Deluxe, At The Crossroads, and Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues. He has also produced albums for numerous Jazz artists, including Mike Metheny.

John Altenburgh is also leader of the band Johnny & The MoTones, and three of their albums have appeared high on Billboard's Blues charts. During 2011, their recent album, Nothin’ To Lose, has been featured on several syndicated Blues shows. John's commercial clients include Ski Doo Snowmobiles, US Cellular and JI Case.

John runs his own record label, Altenburgh Records, and has written and performed the theme song for Wisconsin Public Radio’s Route 51. Over his illustrious career, John has recorded and produced many albums, including 9 with the John Altenburgh Ensemble, and three with Johnny & The MoTones. His most recent release charted for several weeks on the World Blues Chart in 2011. In addition to producing albums for Mike Metheny, John's production talents can also be heard on albums by Rebecca Paris, Melvin Rhyne, John Greiner, and numerous others.

Altenburgh is also a music historian and has on loan, antique recording devices to the legendary Sun Studio museum as well as their recording studio. In addition, he has archived and produced recordings of the history of Wisconsin Rock Music and has been head of collections for museum exhibits

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SECRET FEAR (ALTERNATE)   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1993
The 2nd of 2 versions of this song. This version features light guitars, rhythm and solos to give it a lighter edge. One man's quest for individuality and to beat status quo! Even though he has a secret fear of doing this, he prays for help and travels onward in-spite of those in his way. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Soft Rock
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WALKING DOWN THE ROAD   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2012
A carefree uptempo song about someone who just wants to see the world and walk away from the confines of everyday life. Done in a Cajun Louisiana style, the song features instruments like the Dobro, harmonica and slide guitar to give it more of an authentic sound. Male Vocals, Blues Music, Delta Blues
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WOKE UP IN THE MORNING (SHE'S STILL HERE)   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2012
Medium Up-tempo blues/swing song. Lyrics are about a man who wakes up in the morning, and to his surprise, she is still here! A one night stand gone wrong and she has no plans on going anywhere. The whimsical story about a bachelor who has seen his single life vanish with a one night stand. Male Vocals, Blues Music, Jump/Piano Blues
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WISH YOU WERE YOUNG AGAIN (ALTERNATE)   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2010
The scaled down version (piano & vocal & strings) of the heartfelt song about an inspirational person (male or female) growing old. Sung in the first person, the singer asks the question "Can you do it again" wishing the person could turn back time and give us hope again, one more round of greatness, Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Lounge Jazz Vocals
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I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING (NO ONE'S THERE)   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2012
A medium slow gospel blues feel with a full horn section. A song describing waking up in the morning and being alone. She left and most likely won't be coming back. She's crazy but crazy is ok if she would only come back. A sequel to the song "Woke up in the morning (she's not there)" Male Vocals, Blues Music, Modern Electric Blues
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SIMPLE TOWN   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1989
A contemporary sounding ballad about living in a small town and the restlessness of some of those that live there. Dreaming about getting away, to a new and exciting place. The middle section consists of a swinging jazz section and then breaks back into original ballad beat and style. Male Vocals, RnB Music, RnB Ballads
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LIGHT ON IN THE WINDOW   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1988
Medium slow rock ballad about someone who leaves a light on to signify they are waiting for another to return. Alone and getting older, she waits and waits. realizing she made mistakes but still has hope that the person she is waiting for will return. It never happens and she eventually passes on. Male Vocals, Pop Music, Alternative Pop
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SONANDO   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1989
A sleepy dreamy Latin jazz type song. Sung in Spanish the title basically means, dreaming. Mostly and instrumental with a chorus line sung in Spanish. Main instrumental solos by saxophone with interludes by piano and guitar. Middle section uproots the sleepy type atmosphere with a different directio, Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Latin Jazz
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LATELY DAYS   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1978
A slow sentimental ballad with piano, strings and male vocal. A melancholy song remembering a past place, a friend and/or lover. Perhaps it is a dream...."was I just dreaming?" A song about past loss and hope for the future... "It's going to be alright." Male Vocals, Pop Music, Soft Pop
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LAST TIME I SAW CHICAGO   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1994
A jazz ballad about lost love in the City of Chicago. Remembering the last time the singer was in that city and the heartbreak that ensued. Very emotional with piano, orchestra and percussion. Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Lounge Jazz Vocals
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MOVIN'   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1989
This uptempo cruising type song features a rock beat that transforms into a Latin rock beat and back again. Plenty of instrumental solos in the middle to complement the vocal sections. Lyrics speak of a person or group that keeps "movin'" forward and refuses to look back. Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Jazz Rock
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WORLD WE'VE COME TO KNOW   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1989
A pop rock jazzy song about the World we have all come to know. Time is running out so make the most of what you have today. We all lock our doors and hide from life, when we should be living each day like it's our last. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Pop Rock
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FEEL IT   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1988
A medium slow rock song with esoteric lyrics off the beaten path about a lonely person who wants to know, "Why didn't anyone ever tell me." A song of dispair, loneliness, a comentary of what the singer has witnessed in his life. Plenty of symbolism and double meanings. Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Jazz Rock
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KEEPIN' ALIVE   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1999
Medium tempo rock song about going through the years. Starts in the 60's and works up to the present. Remembering various events through the singers' life. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Roots Rock
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OH MIAMI   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2000
Uptempo country two step feel about finding the girl from the past named, Miami. After years of living life with the wrong one, he searches for the one that got away, 20 years later. Does he actually go and see her or is he dreaming? A bit delusional as he thinks he hasn't changed a bit nor has she. Male Vocals, Country Music, Country Rock
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SHAKE IT   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2012
An up tempo fun jump blues tune about a guy trying to get the girl. She's hot, she's the one with the curves in all the right places and he will do whatever it takes to show his buddies, he still has what it takes! Male Vocals, Blues Music, Jump Blues
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TIME FLIES   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1988
Times Flies is a song about the singer's observations of life. Confusion about what he thinks he sees and what's in fact, reality. A song of hope and also disappointment and the paradox of life in general. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Soft Rock
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LAST LONELY TRAIN   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1988
Medium tempo blues type song that tells the story of an aging musician (or could be anyone) that is pretty much sick of the same old grind and just wants to get away from the road life being a musician and jump on that old Lonely Train and go back home. However, it never happens. Male Vocals, Blues Music, Modern Electric Blues
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I'M GONNA RUN   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2012
A medium up tempo song about someone who wants to get away. Perhaps fed up with life as he or she knows it. Maybe a broken relationship, bad job etc., but whatever the case is, they are leaving and in no uncertain terms. Could be a musician looking for a new gig. Male Vocals, RnB Music, Memphis Soul
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SECRET FEAR   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1993
The 1st of 2 versions of this song. This version features heavy guitar, rhythm and solos to give it a harder edge. One man's quest for individuality and to beat status quo! Even though he has a secret fear of doing this, he prays for help and travels onward in-spite of those in his way. Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Jazz Rock
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SEE MY BREATH   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1992
Up tempo jazz vocal with horns and vocal ensemble. See My Breath is a song about being so cold..."I can see my breath!" Great for any kind of Winter scene where snow and cold are dominant. Plenty of instrumental solos in the middle for musical interludes and segways. Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Swing Ensembles
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HITCHED TO MY STAR   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1994
Slow rock ballad that sings about a lover that had to have him, and was deceived in the process. An aspiring singer who's new found love threatens to destroy the free spirit of the singer by his lover crushing his spirit with lies, deceit and demands. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Soft Rock
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IT'S GOING TO BE ALRIGHT   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1996
An uptempo story about how everything will "be alright." Set with country flavorings with pop overtones. The instrumental bridge gives a bit of a latin feel but general country rock fits the description best. Male Vocals, Country Music, Country Rock
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LAZY JANE   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1995
A song about the fictitious Lazy Jane. This medium tempo country song asks the question, "Can you tell us where he is my dear?" In response to her lack of caring and doing. "You told us you care!" The life of times of the little gold-digger, Jane. Male Vocals, Country Music, Country Rock
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LONELY CHRISTMAS   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1997
A medium tempo bluesy Christmas song about being lonely at Christmas. A little tongue 'n cheek with some humorous lyrics. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas RnB Vocals
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CRAZY PEOPLE   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2010
A med. tempo song about being surrounded by "Crazy People." No matter where you go, where you sleep, they are all around you. When you are at the crossroads of life, don't listen to the (crazy people) about what to do. Follow your own path and, if you make mistakes, at least they are your own! Male Vocals, RnB Music, Contemporary RnB
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CHRISTMAS AT BUZZ'S RESTAURANT   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1998
A little story about Christmas at Buzz's Restaurant. Although it is name specific, portions certainly could be used for general Christmas use. It's about remembering a place from a long time ago. Nostalgic theme about an adult who wants to find the places of their youth and the people who were there, Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas RnB Vocals
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TWO HITS FOR THE KITTY   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2005
A story of Johnny & The MoTones' road trip to Sun Studios, Memphis, TN and the experiences thereof. Including the unfortunate, untimely demise of a cat that committed the ultimate sacrifice as it jumped out in front of our Caddy. Male Vocals, RnB Music, Memphis Soul
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ONE EVENING LONG AGO   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1993
This song has numerous sections. The first, a melodic, slow vocal interlude transforming into a jazz combo with vocals. The middle sections feature a vocal chorus then to a big band instrumental. A swinging tune about sailors going to sea... one evening long ago. Wrote this song from a wartime photo, Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Swing | Big Band
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THE FIRST NOEL   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2011
The First Noel is a Christmas classic! Done here in a slower, heartfelt, emotional way. A smaller combo compliments a small chorus of voices in a call and answer type arrangement. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas Vocals
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GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN   (by John Altenburgh )
The traditional classic, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, done in a funky Rhythm & Blues way. Uptempo with a beat that makes this very much a nontraditional way to perform it. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas RnB Vocals
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SILENT NIGHT   (by John Altenburgh )
The tradition, classic Silent night, recorded in a non traditional bluesy gospel way. Piano and vocal with alternate harmonic structure gives it a nostalgic feel. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas Vocals
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THE CHRISTMAS STORY   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1997
An uptempo, jazzy tune straight from the jazz meets poet of the 1960's. Lyrics have an edge, with touch of sarcasm but yet the ending meaning... amazing grace, is fittingly the Christmas message. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas Jazz Vocals
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WISH YOU WERE YOUNG AGAIN   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2010
A heartfelt song about an inspirational person (male or female) growing old. Sung in the first person, the singer asks the question "Can you do it again" wishing the person could turn back time and give us hope again, one more round of greatness. parents, grandparents, teachers, sports heroes etc. Male Vocals, Pop Music, Pop Ballad
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ANOTHER GRAY MORNING   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1977
A Pop ballad similar to "Lately Days." A sleepy, heartfelt, emotional song about life's struggles and the hope of singing a simple song..."I won't have it that way." Sentimental, questioning life, nostalgic, sweet and moody. Uplifting hopeful and elegant. Loving caring and stirring entertainment, Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Lounge Jazz Vocals
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SOUL'S ON FIRE   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2006
A medium tempo gospel flavored song about a burning desire to change one's life. My soul's on fire is a statement of redemption and a cry from the "road" remembering a different time and a plea to those around to just "keep it light." Male Vocals, RnB Music, Southern Soul
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O CHRISTMAS TREE   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2011
The Classic Christmas carol, O Christmas Tree done as a piano/vocal. A slower, heartfelt version that stirs the emotions. Alternative harmonic structure puts a different spin on it and creates a reflective, pensive scene. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas Jazz Vocals
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AMAZING GRACE   (by John Altenburgh )
The traditional standard, Amazing Grace done with a jazz quartet, gospel style. Instrumental solos from organ and trumpet, Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas Jazz Vocals
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DOWN ON THE AVENUE   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 1986
Bluesy slower swing type song. A down and outer feels the pain of lost love. She faded away as he did nothing to stop it. Piano and raw saxophone are the featured solo instruments. Very visual lyric content about city scenes. Urban scenes, guy sad over lost romance, now alone and lonely. Sentimental, Male Vocals, Jazz Music, Lounge Jazz Vocals
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WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS   (by John Altenburgh )
The classic Christmas Carol, We wish you a merry Christmas has been around forever. Countless renditions of this song have been done by thousands of artists, but I dare say.... not like this. Uptempo in 6/8 time completely gives this song a new dimension and a brand new feel. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas Jazz Vocals
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BABY DON'T JUMP   (by John Altenburgh )  Composed: 2010
An up tempo song about a hot girl with long legs who can dance/jump so hard. Sexy, the hottest thing in the club. Everybody wants her, no one can have but me, and I can't keep up with her! Swingin' jump blues/jazz with hot solos. Male Vocals, Blues Music, Jump Blues
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