Eddie Collins & Max Zimmet Duo

The Austin-based duo of Eddie Collins and Max Zimmet team up on acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals, playing standards and originals in bluegrass, classic country, old time rock n' roll, Texas Country, Americana and Western Swing.

We play corporate events, weddings, festivals, house concerts, private events, and clubs. If you're looking for energetic roots music in a small, listenable and entertaining package, contact us today. Let us know if you’d like us to add upright bass or fiddle for a trio configuration.

The seeds for the duo were planted in 1997. Max was 10 years old. He heard Bill Monroe on Austin City Limits, loved it, and his family started going to hear bluegrass at Artz Rib house in Austin, Texas. Max would tape Eddie Collins’s band, and listen to it for hours, and soon was taking lessons from Eddie. He started playing out a bit and got to do some shows with Eddie and other area pickers. Max returned to Austin after earning a degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (with majors in guitar and mandolin performance) and began several projects, including Hot Pickin 57s, One Eye Open, and a duo with Eddie. Max placed 3rd in the 2017 Texas Flatpicking Guitar Championship. Here's a video of the three contest winners playing a tune for the audience.

Eddie is a long-time staple of the Austin music scene, having performed with many of the area’s top acoustic groups. In addition to appearing on and producing recording projects for others, he has nine solo CDs, which include many original tunes. He has published over thirty instructional works and writes for national music publications.

Max and Eddie played the Black Sparrow recently and were wonderful to work with. Very professional and respectful and put on a GREAT show.
— Shannon Bagent // Black Sparrow Music Parlor, Taylor TX

Texas Music Venues Eddie Collins & Max Zimmet Have Played:

  • The Tavern (Wimberley)

  • Specht's (San Antonio)

  • Texas Keeper Cider (Manchaca)

  • Lake Travis Community Library (Lakeway)

  • Lonestar Court (Dell Corporate Event, The Domain)

  • Belmont (Austin TX)

  • Table 620 (Lakeway TX)

  • Black Sparrow Music Parlor (Taylor TX)

  • Proof & Cooper (Dripping Springs TX)

  • Russell's Bistro (Austin TX)

  • Botticelli's (South Congress, Austin 78704)

  • Green Mesquite (Austin TX)

  • The Owl (Elgin)

  • Hyatt Rhythms (Downtown Austin)

  • Root Cellar & Bakery (San Marcos TX)

  • Belmont (Austin TX)

  • Uber (Corporate Event)

  • Earl Campbell's (ABIA)

  • Hyatt Rhythms (Austin TX)

  • Independence Brewing (Austin TX)

  • Laguna Bob (South Padre Island)

  • Swan Song Concert (Lakeway TX)

  • Cafe Mueller (Austin TX)

  • New World Deli (Austin TX)

  • Private Holiday Party (Austin TX)

  • Hyatt Marker 10 Bar (Austin TX)

  • Bells Springs Winery (Dripping Springs TX)

  • Waterloo Records (ABIA Austin TX)

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