Atlanta musician Max Holliman passed away on August 3rd at age 62, after a long illness. A guitarist, composer and idiosyncratic performer, Max’s first local group of note was The Nobz, an early Atlanta punk band as notorious for their wild theatrics as their music. Later, Holliman was drawn to the techniques of musician Robert Fripp of King Crimson, and began taking Fripp’s “Guitar Craft” courses.
Duly inspired, Holliman did time as a member of Atlanta-based “Guitar Craft” quartet The Yeamanstouts, and reemerged in the ‘90s as a local performer under the persona The Intergalactic Cowboy, combining electronic precision with country & western/new age style songs. Performing solo, he would use innovative looping technology to create deeply layered sound beds over which he would sing odd, almost deadpan songs. He released numerous CDs under that name.