At some point you have to stop chasing your tail. At some point in your life the trends don’t matter, the glam loses its shine, and you realize the most important thing you can do is to stay true to yourself. The Max Jones Brigade shapes its timeless sound from this idea. The debut EP Hollywood and Vine combines sounds from Laurel Canyon in the 60’s with the alternative country sounds of today. You might hear some similarities with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, and Eric Church, but at the end of the day, the Max Jones Brigade has a unique voice that is all their own.
Max Jones describes his new music as a return home. “Growing up, all my friends were really into hip hop and alternative rock. Meanwhile, I was stealing my dad’s Cat Stevens records. I really can’t ignore the influence of Jim Croce, Van Morrison, and Don Mclean, because that is what my parents listened to and I loved those records. My mom really got me into a range of music from Garth Brooks to the Cure. I think when you listen to Hollywood and Vine you can really hear that.”
For a few years Max Jones thought he was done with the music business. His band had walked from a label deal, and after touring decided to break up. “I was burnt out on this idea that I had to make it, that I had to be a star. It stopped being about the music. But then I started listening to country again and I remembered why I started playing in the first place. I have a story to tell.”
Max Jones has built his brigade with a combination of the best players in Nashville and Los Angeles rock troubadours. When you go see a Max Jones brigade show you never know if you will see just Max and his guitar or an army of musicians behind him. “I needed to get out of California for the sound to come out,” says Max. “Going to Nashville was sort of like a pilgrimage. But then I needed to get back to Los Angeles to give it that Lauren Canyon grit. That is what the Max Jones Brigade is all about, the combination of those two worlds.”