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Odell Maxwell is an accomplished blues artist whose riffs and runs evoke memories of the Mississippi delta. He was born in Florida and grew up listening to the artists who came to perform at his father's juke joint. Although steeped in the blues tradition Odell didn't start to perform on stage until he was 36. He used a guitar and amp he had purchased at a pawn shop. Odell's first band was the Neighborhood Blues Band, composed of musicians culled from the weekly jams he had on a makeshift stage in his Orlando FL back yard. His current band is Odell and the Maxwells and they perform a mix of Delta blues favorites and his own original compositions. His first recording was made last year in the basement of a friend's house. This second recording contains all original compositions and is again dedicated to his father Gus Maxwell.