Musicianship. Curated words. Honest voice. Lyrical imagery. 

Music to be listened to in environments created for listening.


Me and my music

If coming to live one's passion can be called a journey, then Max Watson's music resonates with every step he has taken along his personal, musical path.

Max Watson is an award-winning singer/songwriter living in St. Petersburg, Florida.  He performs for audiences in the intimacy of listening-room venues and living room concerts  as well as art museums, music festivals and more.

Beginning a formally trained guitar student by the late, and legendary Frank Mullen in the disciplines of jazz and classical guitar, Max Watson's poetic and evocative lyrics are supported by guitar stylings appreciated by both instrumentalists, and listeners alike. 

Max doesn't just tell stories with his music, he has been called a "word-smith" by those who still retain a love for language. Max sculpts musical poetry, selecting words, not as one who writes, but as one who curates. His lyrical motifs are thoughtfully layered and intertwined in the manner of a painter laying colors on a canvas. His songs are a molding of imagery and turn-of-phrase, unique in ways that invite every listener into the song-space, while allowing each person room for her or his own interpretation.

Max easily moves from simple three-chord, folk-style tunes into styles more reminiscent of the standards of old. He can move from the darker corners of the color palate with droning melancholy, only to revive the listener with lyrics that elevate the heart without empty platitudes, or trite cliches. 

Max Watson's music is a delight to the listener, regardless of age, gender, musical preference, or any other barrier we use in our attempt to identify ourselves to others through musical choice. Adding his tracks to your music library will never be disappointing.  


St. Augustine Days (1964)

"St. Augustine Days", is a tribute to the brave women, men and children, who became known as Foot Soldiers, as they took to the streets of St. Augustine, to demand the rights that Nature had already given them. Unfortunately, for people of color in the United States and around the world, it is a str

Blowing the leaves away

This is a song about two high school sweethearts who got married... eventually. Shelly Starks, fellow singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist, really helps me bring this story to life.

Table For one

Tapping into my roots as a jazz guitarist and composer, Sasha Tuck delives a stellar performance on this standard-style song.

Halfway To Alright

This song is an attempt by me, a musician-philosopher, to explore what I call the human condition of perpetual incompleteness. Until it all ends, we are never done. Shot at Atelier in the St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District with funds from an Artist Award grant from St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

Win or learn

Many consider themselves "risk takers". BASE Jumping, sky diving, marriage... all pretty risky, But the greatest risk of all is daring to take the inner journey and find out who we really are. A journey too few of us are willing to take.

If We Be Friends

5th Place - Will McLean Florida Songwriter Contest

I wrote this song for the Will McLean Florida Songwriter Contest. It placed fifth.
The song describes the culture and history of the Florida Cracker Cowboy, from the time Florida was under the Spanish, through the Civil War, and into modern times. At the same time, it is a song about longing, and f