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Max Creek/Mike Gordon guitarist Scott Murawski talks to JamBase’s Chad Berndtson about Max Creek’s new album and 48th anniversary as well as his relationship with Mike Gordon, Trey Anastasio’s sit-in and more.
The band will play a “Get By With A Little Help From My Friends” super jam at their festival in Mariaville, New York.
Watch the 28th installment in our covers project honoring the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary.
Jam scene stalwarts were joined by a legendary Jamaican musician in New York City on Friday night.
We introduce a new feature compiling amazing performances that took place on this day five, ten, fifteen and twenty years ago from the likes of String Cheese Incident, the Grateful Dead, Yonder Mountain String Band and the Disco Biscuits.
Tom Cleary and Phish bassist Mike Gordon sat in with Max Creek at Higher Ground last night.
Latest Max Creek Setlist
Max Creek at Toad's Place
- You Write the Book
- You Can't Always Get What You Want
- I Want You to Know
- I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
- If You Ask Me
- Yes We Can Can
- Cocaine Lady
- Slow Down
About Max Creek
In those rare instances that a band reaches its fifth decade, it’s usually because of super-stardom. It’s easy enough to keep things together when each member has a jet and techs on retainer and the world tour rolls around every few years. But that’s not how Max Creek has done it. In 40+ years Max Creek has been small, big, regionally-huge, medium, and any other size one can think of; they’ve never graced the cover of Rolling Stone, but you’d be hard pressed to find a music fan in the Northeast that hadn’t heard of them.
Well then, how did they do it?
If you knew Max Creek you’d answer simply, ”they just did.” Creek lacks pretense; there is no hip style or genre-title that can define them. From the beginning they’ve mixed anything they liked-rock, country, reggae, soul, calypso-in with their own excellent songs and it’s all just come out sounding like Creek. As such they’ve never been the hot item in the flavor-of-the-year club yet they’ve also never gone out of style. Moreover, Creek exudes confidence but lacks ego; each member is an incredible musician but that’s never been what it was about.
But that is all things Creek is not, and what Creek is is far more important. The band is certainly joyous, and their stage is full of smiles and laughter, both during and between songs. All one has to do is glance into the crowd to see that the feeling is contagious. Creek is also much more engaging than the average five-guys-with-instruments, sculpting lengthy shows on-the-fly from their 200+ song catalog with rockers, ballads, deep jams and crowd sing-alongs all tucked into their perfect places. And Creek is, most definitely, a family. 40-odd years in, the audience is a multi-generational stew; it’s not uncommon to witness old-school Creek Freeks getting down with their teenage (or older!) kids.
Creek itself is multigenerational. Though the ”front line” of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Mark Mercier and bassist John Rider has remained intact since the mid-70s, the back line recently shifted. Long time drummers Greg Vasso and Scott Allshouse both moved on from group, opening the door for the drums and percussion team of Bill Carbone and Jamemurrell Stanley, neither of whom were alive when the band was founded.
2012-13 marks the 30th anniversary of Creek’s 2 LP set Drink the Stars. Recorded live over several shows in 1982 and released in 1983, the ten original tracks on Drink the Stars, penned and sung by Murawski, Mercier, and Rider, showcase the band’s then freshly gelled songwriting style as well as the nimble, melodic and focused approach to improvisation that endeared Max Creek to thrill seeking listeners long before the word ”jamband” crossed a human’s lips.
The 30th Anniversary Digital Rerelease of Drink the Stars marks the first time Max Creek’s music has been available as a download, and the album is now available at Itunes, Amazon.mp3, eMusic, Spotify, and most other digital retailers.
The 2020 MerleFest lineup has been expanded with the addition of John Prine, Billy Strings, Kelsey Waldon and more.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band will visit more than 20 cities over the course of the 2020 Wheels Of Soul tour, which also features St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Gabe Dixon.
Phish wrapped their Fall Tour 2019 with the final repeat-less show of the run that featured more debuts and bust outs.
Greensky Bluegrass welcomed Ghost Light’s Holly Bowling for a Grateful Dead classic and more to close out their two-night run at Denver’s Mission Ballroom.
Celebrate the lives of John Lennon and Gregg Allman by watching The Allman Brothers Band covering The Beatles’ “Rain” in 2013.