Max Williams
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Max Williams


Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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Max Williams E.P. 2007
Regular radio play at Takilma F.M.



They say Robert Johnson sold his soul for his skill at the guitar. Max Williams was too pragmatic for such a sacrifice, from an early age he realized that his particular formula for success was practice and perseverance. It was at the age of ten that he picked up his first guitar and the siren song of a single-coil Fender Stratocaster proved impossible to deny. With vast intensity, he studied the instrument, as well as singing and music theory. He became fluent in the language of his nightmares, until one day his nightmares took shape on the page and became songs.

From early on Max got a lot of work playing in bands and with different artists. One thing that was consistent through the years was that he continued performing as a solo artist. His bluesy, easy tempered, yet edgy acoustic melodies and up-tempo steel string folk tunes, coupled with the smoky power vocals and soft undertones of his voice raised many eyebrows and aroused the aural desires of his listeners. Max found his musical home as a singer/songwrter. After all, you know you’re doing something right when you get up on stage with just the bare essentials a guitar, a voice and something to say and your audience loves it, loudly stomping their feet and screaming to your lyrics.

Max put a lot of effort into fine-tuning his solo performances, as well as recording his debut solo EP. He also became a key figure in benefit performances for Junkiri Schooling, for underprivileged children in Nepal. He has done several recording sessions with composer Tom Bernath as well as doing a cue for a score under composer Peter Gerard for the film “Breathing Room.”

Whether it’s his soft-tone melodically sparse Space Cadet (a song of the trials and tribulations of addiction and recovery), the steel riffing progressive twelve bar blues of 38 Caliber (a traditional folk formatted story of a serial killer traveling the country) , or the politically motivating folk rock anthem Rape and Pillage (where Max expresses the personal struggle in correlation with the national struggle), Max Williams has a point to drive across and an eclectic range utilizing such styles as traditional twelve bar blues, gospel, pop, alternative, blue grass, rock ‘n roll ect. But no matter what musical road Max Williams takes, one constant is his grass roots, bare essentials folk.

Catch Max Williams this Fall on his U.S. Tour, spreading song into the cities of America and taking his passionate political folk rock on the road.

Performance Highlights:

•The Ventura Theatre
•The Whisky A Go Go
•The Roxy
•The Grand Ave. Club
•The Knitting Factory
•California Institute of Abnormal Arts
•Studio S.
•Dr. Music
•The Tiki Room
•The Un-Urban Cafe