Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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Runner Loren Zitomersky hears this a lot: “You’re going the wrong way!”

The Los Angeles resident is in training to run all 26.2 miles of the upcoming Boston Marathon – backward. He’s doing it to raise money and awareness for epilepsy research in honor of the brother he never met.

“My brother Brian passed away, before I was born, after suffering non-stop seizures in his sleep at the age of 7,” Zitomersky told me during a phone interview.

Following her recent eviction from the house on CBS’s “Celebrity Big Brother,” actress and animal-rescue activist Shannon Elizabeth (“American Pie,” “Scary Movie”) says she has no regrets about appearing on the show.

A spin-off of the “Big Brother” TV franchise, the first season of “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” was a condensed version of the program, and featured 11 celebrities locked in a house full of cameras and microphones chronicling their every move. 13 episodes aired from February 7 to February 25.

Elizabeth’s housemates included Omarosa Manigault (former reality TV star and White House aid), Mark McGrath, lead singer of the band Sugar Ray, and Keshia Knight Pulliam (formerly of “The Cosby Show”).

One by one, celebrities were booted from the house with Elizabeth’s eviction arriving in the season’s 7th episode.

A compilation of mostly unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio material will be issued on March 9 (Experience Hendrix-Sony/Legacy). For Hendrix enthusiasts who can’t get enough of the master’s studio experiments and session jams, “Both Sides Of the Sky” is the bomb.

The tantalizing compilation gathers 10 unreleased Hendrix cuts (and adds three that previously appeared in alternate versions) recorded during an incredibly fertile period between January 1968 and February 1970.

“Both Sides Of the Sky” is the third in a series of albums highlighting the most significant unreleased studio recordings remaining in the Hendrix tape archive, following 2010’s “Valleys of Neptune” and 2013’s “People, Hell & Angels.”

The songs are the most important thing for me. It’s important that people don’t just hear this album as a throwback record. I want them to hear it as new songs in this world.” – David Myles, on his latest album “Real Love”

Nova Scotia-based singer and songwriter David Myles has a hard time sitting still.

The music-obsessed JUNO award-winning father of two admits that if he hadn’t taken time out for this interview with The Maine Edge, he would have been at the piano or on a guitar, relishing in the joy of discovering a new melody or chord sequence.

Myles’ remarkable new album “Real Love” was released last autumn in Canada and is now available in the US and worldwide on vinyl, CD and mp3. According to Myles, the new record is the result of a personal deep dive into the music of country legend Don Gibson, the dark emotion of Roy Orbison and early rock pioneer Buddy Holly.

“I love that era of singer where they kind of still sang country ballads where the vocals were kind of slow, relaxed and they kind of crooned,” Myles said. “They were great singers but they were just taking their time while the band rocked behind them.”

The buzz surrounding the latest project from identical twin brother comedians Randy and Jason Sklar, is that the duo have come up with a movie destined for comedy-classic status about a topic largely considered taboo: poop.

“Poop Talk,” a new docu-comedy, opened in select theaters on February 16 and is available now for VOD streaming on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.

The brothers, known for ESPN Classic’s “Cheap Seats” and appearances on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Better Call Saul,” say they were approached with the idea by filmmaker Aaron Feldman.

Initially reluctant, the Sklars changed their minds when they considered a universal truth: Everybody poops. So why is everyone seemingly afraid to talk about it?

The Sklars gathered a gaggle of famous friends (including Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Carolla and Rob Corddry) to unpack our anxieties about fluffy floaters and stinky sinkers, and the results are both enlightening and side-splittingly funny.

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler says he's confident that his appetite for self-destruction is behind him.

Fired from his old band in 1990 due to heroin addiction, Adler says his seemingly bottomless capacity for chemical-induced mayhem came to a close nearly five years ago, when he entered a rehab facility for help to stop drinking.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:32

Acoustic evenings with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin

ORONO/BROWNFIELD - Longtime friends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin are about to hit the road together for the first time in March for an acoustic tour of songs and stories which will include shows at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono and the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

The duo will perform songs from each of their careers while swapping stories about their music and lives.

Lovett and Colvin’s first Maine stop on this tour is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, at Orono’s Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine at 7 p.m. The next night, the pair will offer up their acoustic evening of songs and stories at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

In his excellent 2017 memoir “Change of Seasons,” John Oates - best known as one half (along with Daryl Hall) of Hall & Oates (the most successful musical duo of the rock era) - recounts the heavy influence that traditional American folk, blues and roots music has had on his life.

Readers of that chronicle (due to be reissued in paperback this May) won’t be surprised to discover that Oates has just released a brand-new album paying tribute to some of the originators of the music of America’s heartland.

Through five decades of Hall & Oates, a period that saw the duo rack up seven platinum and six gold pop and rock albums, 34 charting Billboard hits (including six #1 singles) and more than 80 million in sales, Oates has never forgotten about the folk and blues singers that captivated him during his formative years.

While on a late December drive up to Aroostook County to see family, I started scanning the radio dial in hopes of finding some good music or a talk show to keep me company.

I was still a few miles south of the Houlton exit when I heard part of a song that nearly made me drive off the road. The music and static were fighting each other as I pulled over in hopes of finding a spot where I could pull in the distant signal.

I heard a burning rockabilly guitar solo, a driving rhythm section and a baritone vocal that demanded my attention. And then it was gone. I didn’t know if it was a brand-new song or something recorded decades ago. I needed to know the name of the artist. I kept the radio dial glued to that position as an announcer’s voice briefly rose from the white noise – “miles.” Did he just say “miles?” Maybe it’s a name.

And so began a search that ended just two weeks ago when I employed the Google machine to try a variation on the spelling - “Myles singer rockabilly.”

It was David Myles, a young Canadian singer/songwriter and performer, originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick and currently of Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

On A&E’s new reality series “Rooster & Butch,” self-made millionaires Mike “Rooster” McConaughey and Wayne “Butch” Gilliam invite hopeful entrepreneurs to pitch investment ideas. The duo may decide to invest or they might instead offer helpful business advice – but only after they get to know the pitcher.

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