Max Sullivan

Max Sullivan

Exeter, New Hampshire, USA
SoloRockSinger/Songwriter

"Gifted, as a lyricist and guitarist," 23 year old Max Sullivan "is a young man with the skills of a seasoned veteran." His debut EP Redwood, "coerces the listener into a head bobbing, toe tapping, feel-it-in-your-soul rhythm with each of his songs" that is "very difficult to resist."

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"Sullivan's six-track debut EP is an electric blues-based rocker that hits the mark with its deep lyrics and searing guitar work.

Sullivan is gifted, as a lyricist and guitarist. I have since seen him live, and he has great stage presence to boot."

Review by Karen Nugent, President, Boston Blues Society 7/2011 (see Press for full review)

"The genre and sound of Redwood is impossible to describe with a single word or phrase, best surmised as an expression of Sullivans mlange of alternative rock with a hint of blues and a dash of indie flair. Sullivan coerces the listener into a head bobbing, toe tapping, feel-it-in-your-soul rhythm with each of his songs on Redwood that is very difficult to resist."
Review by Alec Cunningham, Review You
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5) (see Press for full review)

"Max Sullivan is a young man with the skills of a seasoned veteran. He has good presence and can play incredibly."-Tanya Kays, Booker for Guitar Con (Guitar Conventions) 4/2011

"New Hampshire native Max Sullivan opened the competition with his blues-based indie/rock sound that pushed the boundaries of a solo acoustic blues act. I Would Have Never Gone was the song that really caught my ear and you could hear the Stones/Hooker/Wolf/ Waters influences in his music, with a touch of Jack White thrown in."
-A.J. Wachtel, Review of Boston Blues Challenge Finals on Oct 17 2010

"Max has 'it', a talent, a gift"
"Seeing people like Max means this music will be played for a long, long time."
-Parker Wheeler, 20 year host of the Sunday Blues Party at the Grog, Newburyport MA 8/2010

Max Sullivan is an amazing guitar player with an incredible feel. Ive seen a lot of guitarists and Im pretty sure hes a prodigy." Pam Ward, Program Director, International House of Blues Foundation

A charismatic performer and guitarist, Max Sullivan is getting noticed. But while he has a natural gift for the blues he's as influenced by the Pixies as John Lee Hooker. His original songs are guitar driven, blues infused rockers that call to mind classic bands like the Rolling Stones and Cream, as well as modern ones like the White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. Backed by his band, Max is an onslaught of energy, but he's just as great a performer with an acoustic guitar. The fact that at 22 years old, he is already gigging weekly around MA, NH, and NY, speaks to his versatility and appeal. In addition to performing solo and with his band, Max is also the guitarist for the International House of Blues Foundation band, which performs at the Boston House of Blues. He was a finalist in the 2010 Boston Blues Challenge.

Max was selected to perform at the 2011 Montauk Music Festival, Make Music Harvard Square 2011, the 2011 and 2012 Keene Music Festival, and the Renaissance Hotels RLife Live Concert Series. His first EP, Redwood, was released in March 2011. He is currently writing material for his first full length cd.

Lyrics

I Would've Never Gone

Written By: Max Sullivan (Copyright 2009)

I bet you wish you were home with me
In the safe tranquility
But I’m not flying to the mountains
So get on your knees and pray for me

Truth be told I would've been the greatest here
I had more than just troubles and fears
If you could have just forgotten your pride
If you could’ve just walked by my side

Too many people would have fallen aside
After all the life was gone and died
I have no more life left
I only walk cause I’m so scared of death

I bet you wish you were home with me
In the safe tranquility
But I’m not flying to the mountains
So get on your knees and pray for me

Have you ever known the skeleton of a man?
If you were me you still wouldn’t understand
We have nothing more to give
In this toilsome life we now live

Follow me to where our life begins
Where the Savior leads from sin
I never knew much more than that
But this land is too great for us to turn back

I would never have gone
I would never have gone
I would never have gone

Why do you speak this way?
You don’t like where it’s cold anyway
Don’t you wanna go to the Promised Land?
If you were me then you'd understand

In My Hands

Written By: Max Sullivan (copyright 2010)

verse 1:
pull into my drive way
and turn off my lights
lock the doors on all fours
and I'm in for the night
the dog is howlin when I walk in
and she's on her seat again
she's been the victim of a bad mood
and this movie cant end too soon
chorus:
I cant decide what I want
I could run but I might get caught
dinners on but its getting cold fast
well I always wanted better than that
I guess I'd rather be smothered than lost
this is what I wanna do
I've got everything else in my hands
and I might as well handle you too
I might as well handle you too
Verse 2:
you know she wrote me a letter today
she said to pack all your things away
I don't want you to worry again
and don't remember I hurt you then
the vacuums thumpin and hummin below
and it will last for hours I know
and now I've only got so much time
before she's comin for more of mine
Chorus:
I cant decide what I want
I could run but I might get caught
dinners on but its getting cold fast
well I always wanted better than that
I guess id rather be smothered than lost
this is what i wanna do
I've got everything else in my hands
and I might as well handle you too
I might as well handle you too
Bridge:
And then they put you down
and hold your head under water
Until you stop resisting
then they pull back up
and they do it again tomorrow
tomorrow
tomorrow
tomorrow
Chorus:
I cant decide what I want
I could run but I might get caught
dinners on but its getting cold fast
well I always wanted better than that
I guess id rather be smothered than lost
this is what I wanna do
I've got everything else in my hands
and I might as well handle you too
I might as well handle you too
And now I'm packing everything up
I think I've had enough
Can we forget the good and the bad
and I just want you to unlock the cuffs
I just want you to unlock the cuffs

Redwood

Written By: Max Sullivan (copyright 2010)

I have nothing more to give you
All my fuel is blown away
Scrape the bottom of the barrel
Try to find a thing to say

If and when I do forgive you
Please don't take it personally
See me standing cold and ugly
Show you what I can really be
Show you what I can really be

Can you turn the spotlight on me
Colors dimming as of late
Webs are spinning in the corners
How long do I have to wait

Take me to that western coast and
Chop a redwood, build a home
I've no strength to lift the axe
But with you I'm not alone
But with you I'm not alone

Well the sun burns a hole right through the sky
If we move any closer we'll burn alive
I can't ask for anything better
Than to die real young to be with you

All the dogs and ticks and leeches,
Crawlin in me, digging through
I can't ask for anything better
Than to die real young to be with you
Die real young to be with you

It's not my place to answer why
I don't understand reality
Its all that's really real to me
Taking off for one last flight
I'm leaving tonight

Those memories I had before
I just don't have them anymore
Taking off for one last flight
I'm leaving tonight

Broke

Written By: Max Sullivan (Copyright 2010)

Do you ever think about
Do you ever think about the time in takes
Borderline insanity, I'm not someone you should
Ask to take a different approach
Rest in my arms,
Don't ask questions
Rest in my arms
I broke a lot of things but I
Meant to break them
I don't kid around
You should always know I'm in control
And you're not

Where were you when you were born
Where were you when you were born
I know where I was
Buried in your shame
And I rose above it and I
Counted all the times that you crossed me and I threw them all away
You should understand why I need to break you down

Where were you when you were born
Where were you when you were born
I know where I was
Buried in your shame
And I rose above it and I
Counted all the times that you crossed me and I threw them all away

Julia

Written By: Max Sullivan (Copyright 2008)

Julia your hair is looking excellent today
And your little friend don't like it
Well be that as it may
I still think its better this way

Julia your second mother hails from Korea
And the other one is sailing all the way from Judea
and you know they like you better than their own kids

Baptist Swede with the red coat on
Your daddy's a preacher, talks about God
Said he'd like to hang with me sometime
If your brother's gonna make it well I guess that would be fine

Well Julia you leave your little things on the ground
And your little friend screeches this is simply not allowed
But you still leave your things on the ground

Julia, well I can tell you're sick of me today
And no matter how I smirk you simply can't be swayed
Much to my dismay

Baptist Swede with the red coat on
Your daddy's a preacher, talks about God
Said he'd like to hang with me sometime
If your brother's gonna make it well I guess that would be fine

Well Julia
Julia
Julia
Julia
Get down

Julia, well I can tell you're sick of me today
And no matter how I smerk you simply can't be swayed
Much to my dismay

Julia your hair is looking excellent today
And your little friend don't like it
Well be that as it may
I still think its better this way
Better this way
This way
This way
This way
This way

Girl from Moldova

Written By: Max Sullivan (copyright 2010)

Well alright

Stacy, Emily, Mary Jane
All the local girls just look the same
Well I like the girls from out of town
Got a girl from Moldova, best lookin' around

Drag myself to your front door
Lay on the ground and beg for more
I still don't know what I'd do but
I think I wanna get comfortable with you

Well if I said she was good, then I wouldn't be lying
Have her on my arm is electrifying
The way she walks
The way she's dressed
I confess
I love her the best

My decision is final
She's gonna wear me out like vinyl

She'll be sittin' in her Moldovan home, she'll be
Sittin' there, oh, all alone
Well don't worry honey, I'll be there real quick
Got my foot on the gas and a hand on the stick

I don't ever want to speak English again
I haven't seen a dictionary since I don't know when
I still don't know what I'd do but
I think I wanna get comfortable with you
Comfortable with you
Comfortable with you
Comfortable with you...

Discography

Redwood (EP) released 3/5/11

Julia (single)-released 11/2010

"Redwood" featured on WHEB 100.3 Local Licks

In My Hands featured on BreakThru Radio - Boston Scene Show 1/24/11; Midnight Special Blues Radio; WMWM 91.7 Traxx of the Town show

Broke featured on WMWM 91.7 Traxx of the Town show; WUML 99.5

Julia and "I Would've Never Gone" played on 102.7 KSSI in CA and WMUL 91.5 in MA.

"Julia", "I Would've Never Gone", and "Girl From Moldova" can also be heard on Midnight Special Blues Radio

Set List

For an original set, Max usually plays for 30-60 minutes. Originals make up the bulk of the set with a few select covers.

If you are interested in booking Max for a cover gig, he rotates over 100 cover songs ranging from Bob Dylan to Weezer, and covers genres from folk to punk, and 1960's to current. Max can perform for up to four 45 minute sets and is consistently praised for the diversity of his set lists. Venues catering to varied clientele, from college age to baby boomers, consistently rebook him.