Thursday, March 10, 2016

Event: Max Ochs Live at Brickbat!

This Friday,
March 11th at 8PM
Brickbat Books:
Max Ochs

Intimate show with the legendary fingerstyle guitarist Max Ochs

Entry with donation.

Max Ochs is a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist and folklorist who recorded for Takoma Records among other labels. His family moved to Annapolis, Maryland in 1945, where Ochs spent his adolescence. His friendship and association with guitarist John Fahey led to many music collaborations, including that of Mississippi John Hurt, who spent weeks teaching Ochs older picking styles.

After attending high school in Annapolis, Ochs studied at the University of Maryland, College Park where he became friends with Ed Denson in a creative writing class. Denson, along with John Fahey, went on to form Takoma Records in Berkeley, California in 1963. Without a degree Ochs left University of Maryland and moved to New York City where he lived from 1961 to 1965. During his time in New York, he collaborated with Buzzy Linhart and was a founding member of the folk-raga group the Seventh Sons. After leaving New York and heading west in 1965, Ochs was invited to appear with fellow University of Maryland student and fingerstyle guitarist Robbie Basho, as well as John Fahey and Harry Taussig on a Takoma Records release titled Contemporary Guitar. The LP presents a collection of fingerstyle guitar songs often performed in a subtle and sometimes improvised manner. His later CD, Letter to the Editor was received with critical acclaim.

Now based in Severna Park, Maryland, Ochs continues to perform, write, and record songs in an early folk and blues tradition.

Max Ochs: Video

Max Ochs' label: Tompkins Square

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