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Fun meets fury on The Crown Vics’ ‘Hell Yeah!

Just when I was beginning to wonder if I would hear another great Maine-made album before the end of the year, “Hell Yeah!” by The Crown Vics found its way to my cluttered desk. 

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It's late March in Nashville, and Chris Ross is due to walk into a studio in four days to record the follow-up to his acclaimed debut album, 2011's 'The Steady Stumble.' There's only one problem he's two songs short.

Ross is confident that the eight new songs he brought with him are very good, and he isn't willing to short-change his fans. He sets his internal tuner on 'receive,' adjusts his antenna and hopes the songs somehow come through.

He nervously paces while thinking out loud - 'I can write two songs in four days, I can do this,' he says. In a flash of pressure-derived inspiration, the songs arrive just in time. One of the songs, 'I Lied,' is about a man admitting mistakes in past relationships, while the other turns out to be the song selected to open the record.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:00

Jacob McCurdy Traveling Rock Star

The name was familiar to me, but I wasn't aware that he had recorded an album. While scanning Facebook on a recent Sunday, I saw an Amazon.com link for a new album by Jacob McCurdy and decided to preview the songs. 'Wow. This is really good,' I thought while checking out the 30-second song snippets. Full of breezy, melodic, mostly acoustic pop, it's an impressive debut record. 'This kid Jacob McCurdy has got it going on,' I thought as I clicked 'Buy MP3 Album.'

McCurdy's new record is called 'Sleepless,' and it's a collection of original songs compiled from the last several years of life experiences that have taken him from Maine to New York, Colorado, Hawaii, England and other locales that weave their way in and out of the music.

A self-taught musician, Jacob picked up the guitar five years ago as a camp counselor for kids at Tanglewood Summer Camp in Lincolnville. 'I learned how to play 'Hey There Delilah' (Plain White Ts), which was a popular song at the time, and I would play kids to sleep,' McCurdy told me last week. 'When I started, I really wasn't very good, and I'm sure my co-counselor didn't like the fact that I played all the time (laughing).'

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 07:26

Capture the Sun

Local band releases album

ORONO Local band Capture the Sun recently released their debut album with 13 tracks available for free.

'It has 70 minutes of music and it took us a long time [to write and record],' said Kyle Hussey, 22, of Vassalboro. 'We started writing when we first started the band. It's been a two-and-a-half-year project. We're all busy with different things And only able to record on some weekends or when we had a free afternoon.'

Capture the Sun is composed of Kyle Hussey, guitar; James Hadley, guitar; Justin Hadley, drums; and Tony Babb, bass. Hussey describes the band's sound as instrumental progressive metal.

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