Just 21 but undeniably an old soul, Max Jury comes on like the missing link between Gram Parsons and George Harrison, shot through with the grace of James Blake. An impeccable song-crafter, he’s got one foot in the cornfields and the other in the nearest dive bar whilst his fingers skip across the keys of his Fender Rhodes. An Iowa native, he binds together timeless themes of the struggles of being young, drinking the bottle dry and love lost and found with a small town perspective, topped off an airy croon that’s bound to break as many hearts as it heals.
Growing up in rural Des Moines, surrounded by wide open he sought creative solace in his dad’s old bluegrass and new wave records and his mother’s mixtapes. “I would find them and play them in my room,” he recalls of the cassettes. “I didn’t know who the artists were at the time, but looking back it was stuff like The Beatles and Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello.”
Max calls his sound “a big stew”, which also encompasses his love of rock’n’roll and British invasion bands like the Kinks as well vintage soul, modern pop and contemporary roots music. He honed his craft by ensconcing himself in the records of Tom Waits, after his piano teacher handed him a copy of ‘Rain Dogs’. Another key? living a life worthy of writing songs about, however difficult that was in his small town. “I just get as much experience as I can and I’m not afraid of being vulnerable or emotional,” he comments. “If you surround yourself with a mood and creative people, it’s easier to write songs. But it’s not always easy to find that in Des Moines when you’re a teenager”.
“His songs are effortless examples of heartfelt, country tinged, beautifully sung and perfectly executed American music.”- Telegraph
“highly accomplished and consistently gorgeous...a remarkable talent” – Mojo
“One of the best songwriters coming out of North America”- Noisey
“He’s an old soul with a voice born to tell stories” - The Independent