Max Gomez got his start as a working musician at age 15, singing both original music and country and blues classics in bars around his hometown of Taos, NM. He studied blues artists like Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy, while also learning songs of legendary country/folk writers including Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson. “I’m influenced by the old stuff,” Max admits. “To me, that’s the best music.”
Max is currently in the studio recording his debut album, which will be released by New West Records late summer 2012. A talented songwriter already at 25 years old, Max first picked up his brother’s guitar when he was 9 and began writing songs as a teenager. “I try to be more of a disguised lyricist,” says Max of his writing process. “The songs I write are not real straightforward. You have to decode them. I like when the listener has to create their own story, rather than be told what’s happening.” In addition to writing original material for his own record, Max has been collaborating with fellow singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins. The two have co-written several songs, three of which appear on Mullins’ latest release.