Max Lockwood lives in Grand Rapids, MI, and was raised in the town of Wayland, MI, where he first began studying music on cello and upright bass. Later he attended the School of Music at DePaul University in Chicago, spent some time studying at Grand Rapids Community College, and wound up with a degree from the University of Michigan in Creative Writing and Literature. His new album, Outrider, doubled as his senior thesis project in poetry at U of M. It was produced by Seth Bernard and featured May Erlewine on keys and vocals, Joey Schultz on banjo, Dan Rickabus on drums, Brennan Andes on bass, Peter Felsman on percussion, and more. Max is also the bassist and vocalist for the Grand Rapids-based and Wayland-born atmospheric folk/grunge band, Big Dudee Roo, and has performed with a litany of other Michigan bands and songwriters, including Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Chris Bathgate, Karisa Wilson, The Ragbirds, Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, DarlenYa, and more.
"'Outrider' is a beautifully crafted album with sonic depth and rich poetic focus. Alongside an all-star Michigan backing band, Max Lockwood channels the flair of Tom Petty, the twangy edge of early Wilco and the eloquence of the Beat Generation's finest. As a listener, I am swept into the raw musical element and the timely vision that Max has captured."
-Brandon John Foote of Gifts or Creatures (October 2014).
Kyle Austin of Revue Magazine writes, "Max Lockwood didn’t make his first solo record so much as he grew it. Instead of hiring studio musicians to execute a defined vision, the Big Dudee Roo bassist simply took the 12 original songs he’d written for his senior thesis project at the University of Michigan and sowed them throughout his circle of friends. And when your friends are some of the most luminary talents in Michigan’s thriving folk-rock scene, you’ve got some fertile soil to work with...Sonically, Outrider reflects the incredible breadth of musical knowledge and experience Lockwood and his friends posses. The record moves seamlessly between folk, rock, country and soul, featuring big, full arrangements that blend sounds wherever possible. Takes happened live and in the moment, with the entire band tracking in the same room, giving the finished product the feel of music made with passion in mind rather than perfection."
Read the full article here: http://revuewm.com/music/item/2618-max-lockwood-crafts-first-solo-release-with-a-lot-of-help-from-his-friends
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