Houston native, Max Flinn has teamed up with legendary Nashville producer / songwriter /musician, Bobby Terry (Willie Nelson, Luke Combs, and Garth Brooks) on his new album, Meant to Be set for release in early 2021. The album, which was recorded in Nashville, features tracks he co-wrote with Terry (Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood, and Faith Hill) and David Tolliver (Tim McGraw, Wynonna, and Brantly Gilbert). The project features Kenny Chesney guitarist Jon Conley, winner of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Guitarist of the Year Award, and a 2-time winner of the CMA Award Musician of the Year Brent Mason, and multi-GRAMMY award-winning fiddle player and member of The Time Jumpers, Larry Franklin.
Born and raised in Houston, Flinn’s love for Texas country music started early and with persistence. Spending his childhood watching the Singable Songs of Raffi and strumming along on a broomstick, it wasn’t long before he was teaching himself how to play the guitar. Growing up listening to Red Dirt music giants Cory Morrow, Pat Green, and Robert Earl Keen, he played music as a hobby throughout most of his teens and early twenties entertaining family and friends at parties.
Singing those Texas country anthems for much of his life, the music never left him. Always at the back of his mind, even during Max’s stint working a corporate job in the oil & gas industry. It wasn’t long before he knew his heart was elsewhere. Determined to find a way to turn his dream into a reality, he sought out some local musicians and open mics. Gaining a following, he was ready to say goodbye to the corporate gig and take on music full time.
In 2017, Flinn released his first EP, Give Me Something More. His single, “As Big as the Storm” was dedicated to the resiliency of Houstonians in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The song was featured by Channel 11 news and helped raise money for flood victims. He made his debut on the Texas radio charts with his 2019 single, “Anywhere but Austin.” He followed the single with “God’s Been Laughin’ at Me” which also appeared on the charts in early 2020.
Houston Press describes Flinn’s songs as “fresh and new, but familiar at the same time…his music is so sincere and heartfelt.” Producer Bobby Terry agrees with the sentiment saying, “Max Flinn is one of those young guys with an old soul, and it comes through in his music. Couple that soul with his solid performances both on stage and in the studio, and you have a musician that is as real as it gets.”
Flinn brings that sincere and heartfelt voice to the stage. He’s opened shows for the Eli Young Band, Robert Earl Keen, Hal Ketchum, Cory Morrow, Micky & the Motorcars, Ryan Bingham, Dirty River Boys and more. His notable venues include the main stage at House of Blues Houston, Gruene Hall, Hondo’s, RODEOHOUSTON Hideout, the Heights Theater, Redneck Country Club, ACME Nashville, and many others from south Texas to northern Montana.