Fingerstyle folk musician Max Marshall was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. Max is certainly a name you’ll be hearing around Windsor and across Canada, if you haven’t already. Max got his start in Windsor having musical parents as a guide. Having tried other non-musical activities like soccer and hockey, he realized early on that music was his calling. He started playing piano at the age of 5 and soon after had a calling that guitar was to be his instrument of choice and if you hear this guy play, you will understand why. He has a very delicate and exquisite playing style that is considered a fingerstyle approach. His EP “Back Through the Meadows” was released last year and is arranged, written, and performed by Max. You will mainly hear just his voice and his guitar beautifully delivered, hearing all the nuances of his fingerstyle playing while capturing the true essence of folk music. His music will simply draw you right in.
Hearing blues in the house when he was little, he was inspired by great musicians like Hendrix and Johnny Lee Hooker growing up. His current inspirations are Blind Blake (Paramount), Reverend Gary Davis , and Dave Van Ronk who was apparently one of Bob Dylan’s mentors. Max is incredibly humble about his life and career and is very grateful for the opportunities he has to be a part of the music community. He is one of Windsor’s exports that actively tours across the Country. His advice to up-and-comers is to simply just play music. Get involved in your craft and find what your passionate about, while not expecting anything or having grandiose ideals. “Eventually you will be great at it!”
Max is set to release another album this spring with similar stylings and live off the floor. He explains his newest album to be predominantly based around the new tech revolution or as he calls it “digital addiction”. The album starts off very bluntly he says as ‘brass tax’ and slowly evolves into himself and gets more descriptive like a dream sequence style. He also had local mandolin player, Kenneth McLeod (Windsor Salt Band) play on the album. The album was recorded in Cambridge at a well known studio where other local musicians like Tara Watts and Ron Leary have recorded at, this album is sure to be a good one! Max claims the recording studio is haunted being in a building that is over 200 years old. He has exciting stories to tell about ghosts and faith… I will leave it there and you can hear for yourself in the podcast.
Max will be on tour this June travelling Canada and off to Ireland for 2 weeks.
For more info on Max Marshall, you can check out his website https://maxmarshall.org/ and you can purchase his album on bandcamp https://maxmarshall.bandcamp.com/ and itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-through-the-meadows-ep/id1099567795.