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"Sullivan's six-track debut EP is an electric blues-based rocker that hits the mark with its deep lyrics and searing guitar work.
Sullivan is gifted, as a lyricist and guitarist. I have since seen him live, and he has great stage presence to boot."
Review by Karen Nugent, President, Boston Blues Society 7/2011 (see Press for full review)
"The genre and sound of Redwood is impossible to describe with a single word or phrase, best surmised as an expression of Sullivan’s mélange of alternative rock with a hint of blues and a dash of indie flair. Sullivan coerces the listener into a head bobbing, toe tapping, feel-it-in-your-soul rhythm with each of his songs on Redwood that is very difficult to resist."
Review by Alec Cunningham, Review You
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5) (see Press for full review)
"Max Sullivan is a young man with the skills of a seasoned veteran. He has good presence and can play incredibly."-Tanya Kays, Booker for Guitar Con (Guitar Conventions) 4/2011
"New Hampshire native Max Sullivan opened the competition with his blues-based indie/rock sound that pushed the boundaries of a solo acoustic blues act. “I Would Have Never Gone” was the song that really caught my ear and you could hear the Stones/Hooker/Wolf/ Waters influences in his music, with a touch of Jack White thrown in."
-A.J. Wachtel, Review of Boston Blues Challenge Finals on Oct 17 2010
"Max has 'it', a talent, a gift"
"Seeing people like Max means this music will be played for a long, long time."
-Parker Wheeler, 20 year host of the Sunday Blues Party at the Grog, Newburyport MA 8/2010
Max Sullivan is “an amazing guitar player with an incredible feel. I’ve seen a lot of guitarists and I’m pretty sure he’s a prodigy." Pam Ward, Program Director, International House of Blues Foundation
A charismatic performer and guitarist, Max Sullivan is getting noticed. But while he has a natural gift for the blues he's as influenced by the Pixies as John Lee Hooker. His original songs are guitar driven, blues infused rockers that call to mind classic bands like the Rolling Stones and Cream, as well as modern ones like the White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. Backed by his band, Max is an onslaught of energy, but he's just as great a performer with an acoustic guitar. The fact that at 22 years old, he is already gigging every week around MA, NH, and NY, speaks to his versatility and appeal. In addition to performing solo and with his band, Max is also the guitarist for the International House of Blues Foundation band, which performs at the Boston House of Blues. He was a finalist in the 2010 Boston Blues Challenge.
Max was selected to perform at Guitar Con 2011, the 2011 Montauk Music Festival, Make Music Harvard Square 2011, and the 2011 and 2012 Keene Music Festival. His first EP, Redwood, was released in March.