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Discover Max McNown’s Captivating Debut Album, “Wandering”

Max McNown (@maxmcnown) is a fast-rising Billboard-charting singer-songwriter from Oregon. Not too long ago, he released his hotly-anticipated debut album, “Wandering,” a compelling convergence of folk and country sharing stories of intense heartache and perseverance. Also released today, is the music video for his “Worry ‘Bout My Wandering” single.

Max McNown – “Worry ‘Bout My Wandering” MV

“‘Worry ‘Bout My Wandering’ came from being far away from my family and thinking about my mom, and wondering how she feels about my life and the direction it’s taken. Shooting the video in my beautiful home state of Oregon was very important to me… I just always want to make my family and hometown proud.” Max McNown explained via The Bluegrass Situation 

“Worry ‘Bout My Wandering” is the confessional song that was the most difficult for McNown to write as it’s so personal. Unfolding with dreamy pedal-steel tones, luminous harmonies, and lyrics that channel regret, compassion, and sheer determination with unfettered honesty, the intimate song defined the rest of the album, which features his standout single, “Turned Into Missing You.”

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At 22, Max McNown has already been on a storied musical journey. Taking control of his future, overcoming personal challenges, and drawing inspiration from his brother who was bravely fighting cancer, McNown packed his bags and drove from remote Oregon to Southern California. From there, videos of him busking on a pier made an impact online and eventually grew into a legion of supporters on TikTok.

After attracting interest from major TV talent shows, McNown auditioned for one and then he decided it wasn’t for him and gracefully turned them down as he knew he needed to walk his own path. His loyal fanbase helped Max amass 27M+ streams and a spot on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart with his breakout single, “A Lot More Free,” which peaked at #1 on the TikTok Breakthrough USA chart.

Max McNown – “A Lot More Free” (Music Video)

“The reason I want to put my songs out into the world is I know how much music has helped me throughout my life. Whether it was dealing with a breakup or my brother’s cancer or the troubles we all go through, music gave me hope and made me feel less alone, so now I want to return the favor.” – Max McNown explained

Since the album’s delivery, Max McNown has completed his first tour and is gearing up for live performances at larger venues this summer including an opening slot for famed country artist Billy Currington at the St. Augustine Amphitheater in Florida this June and an opening slot for Trampled by Turtles + JOSEPH at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater this August in McNown’s hometown of Bend, Oregon. McNown notes that he’s found an essential touchstone in his own experience with the transformative power of music.

Following his tour with Americana folk-rock band Briscoe, McNown recently joined Australian artist Blake Rose’s North American tour with stops in New York City and Nashville. Get front-row tickets to Max McNown’s upcoming shows via

Max McNown – “Wandering” album

Max McNown – “Wandering” album cover art

Homing in on intricate storytelling, “Wandering” shares anecdotes of intense heartache–examining everything from breakups to new love to the pain of watching family members overcome life’s biggest challenges. With production by AJ Pruis, “Wandering” showcases an ornate musical palette rich in live instrumentation of fiddle, mandolin, dreamy pedal-steel tones, and spellbinding guitar work. Yet McNown took care to foreground his lyrics on every track, viewing his songs as poems set to music.

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