ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Singer-songwriter Max Gomez is making new fans – and new friends – all over the country.
One of his friends is veteran singer Steve Earle.
“I hang out with him sometimes when I’m in New York City. He’s giving me history lessons on old folk music writers,” Gomez said in a phone interview from Athens, Ga.
Another friend of Gomez’s is country singer and music producer Buddy Miller. He got to play with Miller’s band a few weeks ago on a cruise ship that Gomez described as a “floating music festival. I played about four or five shows with different configurations, mostly as a duo and a trio.
“I can do just about any configuration. That’s the way it should be.”
Miller was helpful in getting Gomez’s song “True Blue” featured on the popular TV series “Nashville.” The song is on his latest CD “Rule the World.”
Mostly, though, Gomez is a solo act.
However, for his Saturday, March 15 concert at the Outpost Performance Space, the singer-guitarist will be joined by fiddler Ollie O’Shea.
For all of Gomez’s touring, he still keeps a home in Taos where he’s lived for many years.
“Sometimes living the life of a touring musician, you wonder why you live out of a suitcase,” he said.
Then there are moments that help him make sense of life on the road. Like when he was doing a show in Nashville, Tenn.
“It was almost like a festival and I was in a dressing room shared by so many artists,” Gomez recalled.
“I walked in and Buddy Miller and Rodney Crowell were in there rehearsing an old Hank Williams song. I was like a fly on the wall. But you get to meet people and spend time with them. And then you know why you’re doing it.”