In these hard times in the land of plenty there are two options: abandon all that went before or follow your senses with a soul satisfying emotional response. Johnny Max has taken the latter road and is realizing his vision of a full blown Soul band. And it never felt so good!
What Max terms as “Roadhouse Soul” began with his fourth disc, the Juno nominated A Lesson I’ve Learned and came to fruition with his latest release – again Juno nominated – It’s A Long Road. This notion is reinforced by several 2011 Maple Blues Award band nominations:
- “Entertainer of the Year”
- “Drummer of the Year” (Vince Maccarone)
- “Horn Player of the Year” (Johnny Johnson, who wrote all the charts on “Long Road”)
And there has been international acclaim as well, with Johnny Max and Jesse O’Brien being selected as 2010 International Songwriting Competition winners for best original song in the Blues category for “Daddy’s Little Girl”; (the opening cut from “Long Road”).
It should be noted that old school Soul is even more marginalized than Blues because it’s a genre that gets lumped in the nebulous “Roots” category with no real home. It’s not Blues, in the truest sense of the word, nor is it the raunchy material that characterizes today’s Sothern Soul. But, when listeners relax in their need to label the music, something magical happens: feet start moving and hips and shoulders start shaking. Throw in a humourous front man in Johnny Max and before you know it, it’s a full blown party!
It’s “feel good” music – simple as that. And that’s what Johnny Max is all about!
For more information please contact Rico Ferrara at Blues For A Big Town