Hello Max, Curious if you might remember my father, Don Huston, from your time at the University of Iowa? He mentioned a few times over the years of having some acquaintance with you at UI, often prompted by a Kenton album playing in the background! Today, I've been prompted by a Joni Mitchell album you're credited on, to try and connect. I've frequently noticed your name on assorted LPs and congratulate you on a wonderful and impressive career in music. Dad passed in 2002. Any clarity you might be able to provide on the UI relationship would be appreciated. Thanks, Jeff Huston
Hi Max, I hope you are doing great! Have a wonderful Christmas and the best New Year ever. -Bill
Max: In the fall of 1976 you were kind enough to give me bass instruction at your house in Burbank after I traveled from Maine to California and called you every day for about a month while you were recording an LA Express record and soon to be touring with Joni Mitchell. You were very insightful in your teaching and very kind to me. You told me that I "had it" and to keep playing something until it feels good. The brief time that I got to spend with you and your encouragement fueled me for many years both in and outside of music. God bless you.
Max, I too was heavily influenced by your bass groove & John Guerin's drum groove. What an education for any musician to watch & hear you two playing. So sad that he passed away. I enjoyed the shows at the Baked Potato & the Roxy. One time when me and my wife were in San Diego @ Humphreys we got to see you play with your band. I called you about two years ago and you were nice enough to talk on the phone with me for about 30-45 minutes. You & John were/are two of my heroes. Don
Hello Max, Thanks for all the great music through the years
Hi Max, I'm not sure how I stumbled on your website, but here I am. I'm from Oskaloosa and have loved your playing since first hearing you on Hat Rats. Bill
Hi Uncle Max, Happy Father's Day. I was just talking about you with a friend who is in a band. I loved going to a recording session with you when I was in high school. It was very special to me and you know that I have, also, always loved horses. We are all doing very well. Karen's oldest daughter, Berkley, just got married and Jeff's youngest just graduated from high school and is in China learning Mandarin. My son Mitchell is trying to be a commercial fisherman. I am sure that Mary and Dad are smiling down on you. Much, much love. I hope that you are well and happy! Lauri
Just ran across Max Bennett for the first time, so to speak. With so many high accolades behind your past performances and staying true to today's groove, I'll be a forever fan. With the utmost respect, keep on keepin' on!
Thank you Max. Happy birthday! I enjoyed your performance at the KSBR bash last night. I appreciate you meeting me to sign my cap! I heard you at the Roxy Theater when I was 17 with Tom Scott. You and Johnny Guerin inspired me to play the drums. Thank you!
Hi Max, I have just learnt of all your amazing bass playing on so many incredible recording dates and had to look you up. You are truly bass Royalty. Until recently, I had no idea you were responsible for so much of Joni's catalogue. Digging deeper I have learnt of hundreds of other tracks from artists so diverse spanning decades. Absolutely incredible. I have send the afternoon listening to your playing. Such beautifully understated bass playing providing flawless support for the other instruments around you. Thanks for the website. Thanks for the opportunity to express my gratitude. All the best and good health to you.