The music community mourns the loss of Kind Country’s Max Graham. Max passed away in early March and left behind a wife and three young children. There is a GoFundMe to support his family. There is also an online concert series called Just Be Kind planned March 13-21, again to support his family. The lineup is amazing but even more amazing is the opportunity for people to gather to remember Max and enjoy a Minnesota jamgrass.
Here’s the description of the event from the Kind Country Facebook page…
We could not think of a better way to celebrate Max, and support his family, than with a huge (virtual) festival!
Many thanks to Adam Greuel and friends for the idea, and scheduling the 40+ bands that jumped at the opportunity to come together to remember Max, and help raise funds for his family.
We’ll be opening and closing the festival with the full Kind Country set from Harmony Park last fall.
See you Saturday!
I didn’t know him well, but we had the honor of talking to Max in April 2019 by phone. The moniker for the band is “kind music for kind people” and I remember thinking during the interview that there was never a more apt description for a band. Max was in Appleton for a show and we had just seen him play the weekend before at First Avenue – as headliner for the first time. Watching the band play was, as I said at the time, like watching kids have a great time on the park. Max allowed that the band had a good time with that description. To hear him talk about the band and the music, it felt like family in their happy place.
He spoke about how blue grass appealed to him in part because the mandolin was easy to tout around. How practical and fun and kind to himself and the rest of the band. And of course we spoke about they album they had just released (Hard Times). Max spoke about how the album was inspired by the band’s time playing in Minneapolis, “A great snapshot of where the band is now … it’s the experience of being part of the Midwest festival and folks music subculture … the experience of playing with new people, meeting people, that was the inspiration for all of these songs… It’s from their energy we were able to find the inspiration to make our record.”
Max clearly loved the music community – and is well loved in return. Be sure to check out the 10 nights of Kind and consider a donation if you can. Our condolences and best thoughts go to his family and the many, many who loved him.