This group of musicians are more than just musicians. They are a family that interact with as many fans as they can, in every show they play. They will hang out with you even after the doors are locked. One of my favorite songs they cover is Britney Spears: Baby One More Time.You may think that’s funny but check it out and watch how they have re-invented the song. Since I usually introduce original artists I have to feature their up & coming single Boomstick (Acoustic)
Blackie Starks – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Ryan Runyon – Guitar
Adam Zemanek – Drums
Robb Morello – Guitar/Bass
Members of the band Maximus, were friends long before a band was even thought of. Blackie, played shows with Robb Morello, in the Kansas City area when their bands would share the stage as well as Ryan Runyon, and Adam Zemanek, in Iowa. Often times after the shows, Blackie, Ryan, and Adam would hang out, write, and realized an instant chemistry. As it turned out Adam and Robb, had even shared the bill a time or too long before meeting Blackie.
When the time came to form Maximus, the guys needed a bassist with the same talent and vision, and Robb stepped up immediately. Robb, actually fills a duel role as bassist, and additional guitarist for studio acoustic performances.
Adam and Ryan packed up their belongings and made the trek across three states to move in with Blackie, and they immediately began writing.
Within a weeks time, almost an entire albums worth of music was finished (in the shed). Then Show offers, some national dates, and a tour with a well known touring band was offered.
The members in Maximus have always been touted as the most approachable guys at shows, and it carries over into the band. “We love to play, anytime, anywhere, for anyone.” -Blackie
9/5/2014 – Roxy Bar – Night Club (Overland, KS)
9 / 27 / 2014 Lincoln, NE (Knickerbockers)
Until then check out their single, “Boomstick.”
Maximus – Boomstick (Acoustic Live On Great Day Des Moines)
About Johnny Naylor:
Johnny Naylor is the founder and owner of 1st Shot Music and a feature writer for Jammerzine. His work can also be found on 1st Shot Music and Naylor’s Notes. You can also get his latest updates on his facebook page.