Band Bio's
Bio Photos courtesy of James Fecke


Jon P. Matelski-Bass: Having played multiple genre's of music with many bands and situations for 24 years, Jon brings the main ingredients of support and groove to the band. As a private instructor, he emphasizes to his students the importance and discipline of playing the great American traditions. As a musician, he specializes in orchestral, jazz, blues, rock, world styles, r&b, funk, and alt.jam.
   "The love affair with my instrument was immediate after first plugging-in and turning it up with my first garage band when I was 13. I was always drawn to the bass. It could be all the funk and disco on the radio when I was a little kid in the 70's. What struck me was the bass' tremendous power to either anchor everybody down or completely change everything. That's a significant role for a 13 yr. old. My passion spread to the upright bass in high school, when I began to study classical & jazz. Also at that time, I stayed out of trouble by keeping busy learning prog./classic rock. I have  many influences, some famous, some local legends, some that aren't musicians at all. Supportive friends and family are my most important influences."
After becoming a UWSP Jazz Studies Alumni, Jon relocated back to Milwaukee in '98 to hone his basses with many circles of musicians.
He is currently an instructor at Cascio Interstate Music and an active player in the Milwaukee scene.
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Eric Sorenson-Drums: Eric has been the full-time drummer for Highway 4.1.4 since the bands inception in the spring of 2008. Even though he has only been playing for three years, Eric shows the dedication and precision with his work that would even make a seasoned veteran proud.
Eric cites his influences are Neil Peart, Phil Collins and the late great John Bonham. Eric is proud to be a part of Highway 4.1.4 and says he is relieved to play with motivated musicians and very optimistic about his future in percussion.


S. Aaron Oliver-Guitar/Vocals: One of Milwaukee's up and coming Blues guitarists didn't actually start playing the guitar until he was 18, which is considered late by some standards. While working at a car wash when he had just graduated high school he was turned on by the instrument when other co-workers would bring there guitars to work. A big fan of Classic Rock music especially Led Zeppelin, he began to tinker with other people's guitars taking informal lessons from his friends at work. Saul recalls
"I was always attracted to the guitar, it seemed to stand out when I'd listen to a song. My goal was to learn "Stairway To Heaven" by Zep, and then I would be happy."
It wasn't until he saw Buddy Guy at Summerfest that he was sucked in by the Blues. "Every once in a while I would here a blues number on the radio, and I was immediatly attracted to the sound, it sounded dark, sexy and unpolished and when I got to see Buddy Guy it was one of the most powerful things I had ever witnessed, so the obsession started." Saul's passion for cars and motorcycles was soon over-taken and replaced for music and guitars. "It is the best thing I have ever done, my only regret is that I wished I had found it sooner than I did."
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Paul Fecke - Harmonica / Vocals: Paul has been singing and playing harmonica for well over 30 years. His interest in music began in high school when a close friend began playing guitar. The two were heavily influenced by the folk music of the day, so Paul picked up the harmonica and they spent nearly ten years writing and recording. During this time Paul was also influenced by the Stones, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, etc. and it was through listening to these bands that he developed his appreciation for the Blues and his list of influences grew to include Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, James Cotton, Big Walter Horton, Sonny Terry, to name a few. Due to career and family obligations Paul and his friend drifted apart and for the next 20 years Paul satisfied his musical fix by playing an occasional party or jam with family and friends.

It wasn't until a few years ago, after going through some life altering events, he decided it was time to get serious about playing music again. He became a regular at several open blues jams around town and has gained the respect of many local musicians. Over the past year he has played with Scott Yvonne and Unisun, performing at many of the major motorcycle rallies around the country, opening for bands like Confederate Railroad and Blackfoot. Paul has also done fill in work for the local band Hounds Tooth, which included two shows at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis. "I am a very lucky man! Music has allowed me to experience things that most people only dream about."