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BEST BLUES BAND Minneapolis 2000 -

Readers' Choice: Jonny Lang

Young guitarist Mato Nanji and his siblings are still more beloved by famous people and unfamous critics than they are by a mass audience. But that list of famous people happens to include some pretty tasteful blues scholars, such as Bonnie Raitt. (True, that same list includes some shrilling no-talents like the Indigo Girls, but you can't pick your fans, eh?) Last year's Live at Pachyderm Studios found Mato reaching mightily past his Stevie Ray Vaughan axmanship to pluck heartfelt solos from out of his furious fret runs. With shambling jam bands like Gov't Mule and pristine chop-lickers like Phish commanding hordes of faithful, it shouldn't be long before more guitar addicts discover that Indigenous continues to offer the genuine article with far less bloat.

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