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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. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:35

Warm up with these January music releases

Written by Mike Dow

Following what appeared to be a crowded but reasonably upbeat fourth quarter in 2017, a number of artists have readied new albums for January release. Take the chill off and fire up some of these titles in rock, alternative, bluegrass and country/Americana.

Beloved by generations of listeners, frequently cited as one of the most influential rock guitar albums of the 1960s and occasionally denigrated by its creator, Jeff Beck’s “Truth” has finally received its sonic due in a numbered, limited edition CD/SACD hybrid from audiophile label Audio Fidelity.  

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:38

The best of 2017's Maine-made music

Written by Mike Dow

I continue to be astonished at the high level of musical talent on display in Maine. Regardless of your preferred genre, this state has got it going on.

Some of Maine’s best artists chose to perform only in a live setting this year, while others headed into the studio (or in one case, a cottage and living room) to transform their latest ideas into a series of digital ones and zeroes.

From that latter group, here are the best homegrown musical releases I heard in 2017. 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 13:35

The Rock Hall needs to change

Written by Mike Dow

To quote endlessly brilliant but eternally cranky Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, “Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”

That pretty much sums up my feelings about The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:58

Rock Hall inducts 2018 class

Written by Mike Dow

Social media was set alight last week, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released the names of inductees for the class of 2018: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Also scheduled for induction in the “Early Influence” category is rock pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:50

Leroy Van Dyke talks ‘mailbox money’ and more

Written by Mike Dow

Music legend finding new audiences via Subway commercial

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:04

Saturday night’s alright - Elton John at the CIC

Written by Allen Adams

BANGOR – Captain Fantastic tripped the light fantastic in Bangor last weekend.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:57

Review - Jeff Lynne’s ELO: “Wembley or Bust”

Written by Mike Dow

There is a moment during the new concert film “Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Wembley or Bust,” filmed in June at London’s Wembley Stadium, which speaks volumes about the famously reserved and humble hit-making legend. 

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