BSO’s annual Pops concert to feature “The Wonderful Music of Oz”

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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Just two short decades ago, the future of vinyl records appeared dire. CD sales eclipsed record sales for the first time, five years after cassettes did the same thing.

But thanks to longtime fans who never lost faith in the medium, as well as younger fans intrigued by the notion of owning their music in a tangible format, vinyl has seen an incredible boom in recent years; a worldwide trend. 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 12:01

Ready for ‘Reputation?’

Taylor Swift brings honesty, intimacy to her sixth album 

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 13:19

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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LEWISTON - Three of Maine’s premier guitarists - Denny Breau, Mark Miller and Arlo West - have set a date to join forces for a third annual concert, scheduled for November 26 from 1-4 p.m. at a new venue this year - the Lewiston Elks Lodge #371, located at 1675 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:54

Taylor Swift leads the November new release pack

As the air gets cooler, the names get bigger. The music industry is banking on some highly anticipated fourth-quarter releases to wrap the year on a high note. Here’s a rundown of some of November’s most eagerly awaited new albums.  

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Some musicians prefer to spend their time away from writing, recording, and touring, in decidedly non-musical pursuits. For Nils Lofgren, whose CV reads like a rock history road map, down time only means more time for music.

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