David Maxwell has received three nominations for the 2012 Blues Music Awards:
Piano Player of the Year, Acoustic Musician of the Year and Acoustic Album of the Year for his latest album, "Conversations in Blue."
"I don't think anybody could be tighter playing the blues on the piano than David Maxwell. He plays the blues like it should be played. He plays the low-down, dirty, funky blues. He's got it all together."
-John Lee Hooker
David Maxwell's Maximum Blues featuring Amadee Castenell and special guest vocalist, Alley Stoetzel
Featuring: David Maxwell: keys, vocals
Troy Gonyea, guitar, vocals
Per Hanson, drums, vocals
Jon Ross, bass
Alley Stoetzel, vocals
David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well- known musicians in the blues. David plays many styles of blues, jazz and improvised music, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to reach the heart of post-war Chicago Blues. Through his work, he has gained the respect of artists, critics and fans and has established a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.
Maxwell took part in James Cotton's 1997 Grammy winning album "Deep In The Blues". He also has played on other albums nominated for Grammys, as well as many more that were nominated for WC Handy Blues Music Awards. David's album "You Got To Move", featuring Louisiana Red, won the 2011 Acoustic Album of the Year Blues Music Award. David has been nominated nine times for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award, as well. He has played with many of the greats including tours with Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and Ronnie Earl; and gigs with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulsom, Junior Wells and many others. He has been involved in well over fifty recording sessions and can be found playing keys on many blues albums that have been released over the last 25 years. David backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin's CD, "About Them Shoes" released in 2005.
Maxwell is often compared to the great blues pianist Otis Spann (of the Muddy Waters band), for his ability to resurrect the spirit and sound of the master of post-war Chicago Blues Piano. But Maxwell is no mere imitation. He has created a style and sound uniquely his own. His diverse experience, technical virtuosity, sense of timing and rhythm, and ability to complement other band members has earned Maxwell a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.