Max Jones was practically born with a guitar in his hand.
The son of renowned Griffith artist Peter Jones, Max did his first “gig” at just six-years-old, performing the Eagles classic Hotel California in front of his Year 1 classmates.
By the time he hit his teens, he was on the road with Dad doing father-son duo gigs in front of audiences that would just get bigger and bigger.
The 2016 Griffith young musician of the year will be performing at Griffith Exies Club on Saturday.
Max sings, plays acoustics and has dabbled in songwriting.
Peter noticed a real talent in his son Max at an early age.
“I think his greatest skill is his ability to take a song that an acoustic performer usually doesn’t do, and interpret it in way that really works,” Peter said.
“My other son Ted is also a talented musician, and both our boys have learned a lot by having really diverse music tastes. They’ll listed to everyone from Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Elton John. That helps a lot.”
At the age of 13, Max was with his Dad at a performance in Bangkok when the band playing invited the father-son due on stage.
“They got us up to do the one song, but we ending up staying on stage for most of the night. Max really blew them all way,” Peter Jones said.
So does a teenager performing in front of adults get nervous?
“Not really, I’ve never had stage fright. This is where my dad’s influence comes in, he’s really given me a lot of confidence,” Max said.
He said those who come to watch him on Saturday are in for a treat.
“Every time I play, I try to do something different, something special. We’re going to give the audience something to remember this weekend,” Max said.
Max’s hero, apart from his dad, is American singer/songwriting legend Brue Springsteen.
“I can pretty much play every song he’s ever written,” Max said.
Max Jones to perform a live acoustic set at the ambient ‘Round-a-bout lounge’ at the Exies Main Club on Saturday 10th June from 7pm. For more information, go to http://www.exies.com.au/
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