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Americana singer and songwriter Joel Thetford and his band entered Halo Studio in Windham last October with a mission to record a truly collaborative project with producer Jonathan Wyman. The resulting “Broken Things” is Thetford’s third and most impressive EP to date.

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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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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 12:01

Ready for ‘Reputation?’

Taylor Swift brings honesty, intimacy to her sixth album 

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A double album offering from the Young Songwriters Project

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The next time you hear someone say “They don’t write country songs like that anymore,” tell them about Texas native Joel Thetford. 

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:16

Phish rip it up on ‘St Louis ‘93’

Still wondering what the fuss is about regarding Phish? The band’s newly issued six-CD box set “St. Louis ’93” explains it as well as anything. The collection comprises two complete concerts, performed four months apart, at the 1,700-seat capacity American Theater in St. Louis. 

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:29

The best-selling Christmas records of all-time

I reserve an inordinately large space in my heart for most Christmas music. From traditional evergreen standards to more recent entries in the holiday music field, there is something magically warming about Christmas music. We all have our favorites but what are the biggest-selling Christmas songs and albums ever released? You might be surprised. 

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:05

Album review: Neil Young's 'Peace Trail'

Is there no one around Neil Young with the giblets to tell him that his new songs are not very good?  It would seem that way. 

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:36

The Rolling Stones – ‘Blue & Lonesome’

For the 25th studio record of their career, The Rolling Stones have finally made good on their decades-long promise to record a real blues album. 

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Saturday, 22 June 2013 06:21

Phish: in the groove on 'Ventura'

Most Phish fans have a favorite era of the band's evolution and can eloquently state their case by citing specific shows and jams.   For many, it's the groove that hit the group in the mid to late 90s when a certain funkiness began to permeate Phish shows, a welcome ingredient that fit their music perfectly.  That fact is made abundantly clear on the band's new archival release, 'Ventura,' a 6-CD box set comprised of two complete concerts performed a year apart at Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California in 1997 and 1998.  

For 'Ventura,' Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro has selected two vastly underrated performances that reveal the band in top form, delivering a master class in improvisation and showmanship with the emphasis on groove.

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