Bordertown and TBS Present the Johnny Max Band (Toronto)
Bordertown Festival and TBS Present
The Johnny Max Blues Band (Toronto)
Friday, April 29, 9 PM, George’s Roadhouse
Tickets are $15 in advance (at Ducky’s), $20 at the door
Special student price (at the door only, ID required): $10
To listen to Johnny Max tell it, and to watch Johnny Max present it, you understand very quickly that there’s more to creating great music than simply performing a first-rate piece of music well. It’s much more all encompassing than that.
Max’s take includes engaging the audience, making his show accessible. He wants to more than simply feed off the audience, he looks to make them part of the experience. And he does so with his good natured wit.
Using humour to get your point across is always risky because there’s a fine line between entertaining and being the comic. To his credit Johnny Max knows how to tread that line because the music always comes first.
Max’s music doesn’t always follow conventional Blues lines. Rather than be confined to the traditional 12 bar influenced forms, this veteran of the musical wars favours substance rather than convention.
While his first three releases firmly established Max in the Blues idiom, it was on his fourth, the Juno nominated A Lesson I’ve Learned, that Johnny added to his Blues sensibilities, and found his groove. And that groove had more to do with Southern Soul than straight up Blues. Of note, check the title track whose chorus might have been lifted from the Dan Penn songbook.
Max’s new disc, It’s A Long Road, picks up where “Lesson” left off – with a wallop! Partnering with a brand new band, Johnny lays down a dozen tracks with a heavy dosage of Gumbo R&B, nods to Rock’em Sock’em Soul, and hints of all-out Boogie work-outs and Tom Waits styled tonalities. Along the way, Johnny relates his most deeply personal stories to date.
You would think that all of the above would be enough to keep anyone busy but Max also finds time to host a radio show: (“Sunday Morning Soul” on The HAZE FM, www.thehazefm.ca, Canada’s only commercial web radio station Sunday mornings at 11AM and Wednesdays at 10PM.), and co-program the CNE Bandshell BluesFest, (with Rico Ferrara), among other ventures.
It’s all in days work for Max, and we hope that you will come and take in what is our last show of the year. For more on Johnny, please visit: http://www.johnnymaxband.com/ and our website at: www.tbsblues.com
The show is part of the Bordertown Festival now in its second year. For the great lineup of music, food and other fine activities, please visit: http://sackville.com/bordertown/
We are grateful to all our partners and sponsors without whom our shows would not be possible: George’s Roadhouse, Marshlands Inn, The Argosy, CHMA, The Town of Sackville, Rod Allen Used Cars and Rose’s Independent Grocer.