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April 5, 2013

Blue Max back in town

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MANKATO —

Though his solo shows illuminate a more delicate acoustic player, Luedtke’s Blue Max performances are characterized by high intensity and high emotion.

“People can hear and feel that energy,” Luedtke said. “I do like to play with energy.”

And Luedtke said that maintaining that energy over the course of a 30-year run with Blue Max hasn’t been a problem.

Though he and Klossner have scaled back their performance schedule from 150 to about 120 shows a year, Luedtke said they continue to play as much as possible and have a recording in the works.

There is no timetable for the release, but Luedtke said it will likely feature a mix of crowd favorites and 1960s-era rock and blues covers.

“Once you become a musician,” he said, “it gets in your blood. I couldn’t imagine not being a musician.”

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