Mandolinist, singer of popular Minneapolis 'jam grass' band dies

Max Graham leaves behind a wife and three kids.
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The Minneapolis music community is rallying around the family of a local musician who died this past week, leaving behind a wife and three young children. 

Max Graham was a member of Kind Country, a bluegrass-inspired jam band that has performed at shows throughout the U.S. since its 2012 founding. He played mandolin and provided vocals for the group, which announced his passing in a March 5 Facebook post:

"We are utterly devastated to lose someone who was such an integral part of our lives, both musically and as a friend," the post says. 

Kind County has started a GoFundMe aimed at helping Graham's family. Launched on Friday with a fundraising goal of $100,000, it has raised over $72,000 as of this writing. 

"What’s important now is that we support his family in this difficult time," the band says.

The goal of the GoFundMe is "providing stability for his family and education for his kids."

As The Current notes, Graham — who was not only the band's mandolinist, but also its lead vocalist and co-songwriter — leaves behind quite a musical legacy, having worked on three albums and one EP for Kind County.

The station describes Kind Country as a "jam grass" band with a "rootsy" sound, while the group's own website describes itself as playing "American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music."

Graham's cause of death has not yet been disclosed. 

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