50 Bands, 50 States

The Boston Phoenix recently ran an ambitious project where they listed the greatest ever band and solo artist, along with the best new artist, in each of the 50 states. Here's our entry:

All-Time Best Band: Indigenous
All-Time Best Solo Artist: Bob Stewart
Best New Band: The Reddmen

INDIGENOUS (yeah, that’s the name of the band) were a family affair from the town of Marty, featuring a quartet of Nakota-tribe siblings from the Yankton Indian Reservation. Leader Mato Nanji sounds remarkably like Stevie Ray Vaughan, both vocally and, even more impressively (considering Vaughan’s talents), on his scabrous-but-velvety blues-rock guitar solos. After splitting with his sibs, Mato today carries on the Indigenous name by himself as a solo act. | Born in Sioux Falls, virtuoso jazz tuba (yup, tuba) player BOB STEWART is doing his very best to earn the orchestra’s least respected instrument some love. He may not land the tuba on the musical equivalent of his home state’s Mount Rushmore, but the man can blow, and he’s toured or recorded with Mingus, Dizzy, and Wynton. | Rapid City’s the REDDMEN comprise brothers J. Waylon Porcupine and Miyo One Arrow, who are Northern Cheyenne and Lakota Plains Indians, along with Trevor Leo. The trio make infectious little British Invasion ’60s nuggets injected with incendiary Green Day punk pop.

I'll admit that I don't agree with this assessment, but congratulations to the folks in Indigenous. Do you think the Argus would argue for Spill Canvas?


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