The heart of a bluesman and the shredding of a rocker, Gene Deer is a bluesman for the 21st century. He’s a fixture at the Noodle and The Rathskeller, but he gigs all over town. He’s also a fixture in this category, which he won for nine straight years in the late ‘90s. If you’ve somehow missed seeing this soulful blues guitarist, remedy that. Remedy that, man.
2nd: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
3rd: Carson Diersing