Max Savage and The False Idols will be rocking the stage at South Australia’s Blenheim Festival this Good Friday.

The not for profit music event which supports New Hope Cambodia promises a friendly occasion with an awesome line up.

Revellers can bring their camping gear and stay overnight after seeing some great international, interstate and local acts.

For Max, returning to Blenheim to play to the eager crowds in a stunning location, is always a good time.

“Clare Valley is an incredible part of the world and it’s so nice to see it put on show with this festival. Blenheim is always a bit of a party. My highlight from last year was playing ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again,’ to a fairly sleepy late afternoon crowd and having them all sing back,” he says.

Having started off 2015 with a gig at another one of Adelaide’s favourite festivals, Max says he and the band are looking to continue the year in the same successful vein, with more gigs and some studio time.

“We had the incredible good fortune of being placed on the Womadelaide line up this year, so the year got off to a pretty big start,” he says.

“As far as recordings go, we’re going to try and put out a couple of records this year; maybe ten or eleven short ones and one full album as well.”

As well as rocking out on the stage, Max is keen to get out around BlenheimFest to check out the other acts.

“I grew up listening to Tony Joe White, so obviously that’s going to be my number one. I’m also really psyched to see Kaurna Cronin and Abby Howlett. They’re two pretty special local acts and two that I can’t see enough,” he says.

Max Savage and The False Idols rock a raw country sound with an urban feel with song-writing which Max attributes to his upbringing.

“I guess I grew up listening to a lot of different music. My Dad loved the blues so BB King, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf were pretty central parts of my childhood. We went to folk festivals and gigs as little kids and we listened to stories and were read aloud to,” he says.

“I guess the country style is more of a vehicle for storytelling than anything else. I think as a genre it allows for songs to be wordier and more delicately constructed, and it’s got a history and heritage that you can reach back to that informs and constructs how you put a song together. My inspiration is less Dolly Parton and Willy Nelson, and I guess more about the people I meet and the stories I hear; the style is just a vehicle.”

The band, who are playing with Archie Roach on Friday 10th April at AMC Sessions at Goodwood Institute, and hitting up the Princess Arms on Saturday 11th April, will then be trekking off to the central desert.

But before that, make sure you check them out at Blenheim Festival where Max says it’ll be just like listening to one of their CDs.

“You should expect music very similar to that which you would hear on one of our CDs or what you’ve heard at other gigs of ours,” he says.

By Libby Parker

Photos by Max Savage and the False Idols