Best Local Blues Artists

Max Allen Band

Blues guitar wunderkind Max Allen has grown up on the job, forging his own sound after first appearing on the scene as a precociously talented electric bluesman, or blueskid as it were. His most recent record, Ending Sun, stretches into jam band territory, matching earthy and sometimes funny vocals ("Lazy" being an ode to couch-surfing, belching and masturbating) with his wide-ranging but focused solos. And the album's cover of Tupac's "California Love" demonstrates that, while Allen has mastered the blues form, he's willing to stretch a little outside of his comfort zone.

2nd: Gov. Davis and the Blues Ambassadors

3rd: Gordon Bonham

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