Blue Collar

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Formed in the summer of 1997, the Chicago area-based Blue Collar was a punk and reggae band.


The band was formed by vocalist and guitarist J Albert & bassist Andrew in the summer of 1997.

They played shows at Shenanigans (Romeoville, IL), Riley's Rock House (Aurora, IL), Chicago Street Pub (Joliet, IL) and Off the Alley (Homewood, IL) and Hotti Biscotti, (Chicago, IL), and Silvies Lounge (Chicago, IL). Post millenium J Albert and Andrew went on to form the folk punk band The Project a.k.a. J Albert & the Project

Blue Collar recorded their first release in Champaign, a DIY 3 song demo on cassette titled Labor Day Weekend on a Fostex analog 4 track and included a full drum mix. Their full LP was also recorded in Champaign - at Rosewood Studio (R.I.P.), engineered and mixed by Andy Lund and mastered from DAT by J Albert and David Albert. All songs were produced by Blue Collar.

They disbanded in 2000.

Original Lineup

  • J Albert (Vocals, Rhythm guitar)
  • Andrew Majetich (Bass, Vocals)
  • Jay Majetich (Guitar)
  • Kevvin Peterson (Lead Guitar)
  • Braden McClintock (drums)

Later Busking Lineup

  • J Albert (Vocals, Rhythm guitar)
  • Andrew Majetich (Bass, Vocals)


  • “” Labor Day Weekend Cassette Demo
  • “” Self Titled LP CD