Max Allen has been formally trained on the guitar since he was 8 years old. Earthwalker, the 22-year-old’s fourth album, is clearly his most ambitious work to date. Taking influence from jam sound demigod Trey Anastasio, Allen composes a well-produced jam album that Indianapolis can be proud to call its own. With bandmates Shawn Bryant (bass) and Shaan France (drums), both with their own impressive backgrounds, Allen creates a composition informed by his exploration and experience traveling this land.
For a typical 20-something, this would be a pretty boring journey, but Max is certainly not typical. He is probably one of the hardest working musicians in Indianapolis, having opened for the likes of Kenny Wayne Shephard, Carrie Newcomer, Otiel Burbridge, Dickie Betts and Umphree’s McGee. The June 2003 release That’s Why started gaining Allen some national attention and, with the release of Earthwalker, the buzz should pick up right where it left off. This album is a perfect complement to his energetic and entertaining live shows. Notable tracks: “Underwear Umbrella” and “On The Road.”