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Bringing with him a musical legacy stretching back to the mid '60s, Dave Mason says he's looking forward to returning to Maine. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of Traffic will bring his trio to Portland for a show at Asylum on Saturday, March 30.  

'It's been a while since we've been up that way,' Mason told me in a phone interview last week. 'Maine is a beautiful state.'   

Raekwon, one of the most successful and celebrated artists in rap and hip hop, will bring 'The Lost Jewlry Tour' to Bangor on Thursday, March 28, for one performance at Tantrum Nightclub and Lounge on 193 Broad Street.  

Raekwon (his real name is Corey Woods) joined the nine-member Wu-Tang Clan in 1992 and helped shape their first major label release 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' issued by Loud/RCA the following year. To date, recordings by the group and its individual members have accumulated more than 17 million in combined sales.

Less than four years separated Jimi Hendrix's first London recording session for 'Hey Joe' in October 1966 and his final studio visit, a mastering session with Bob Ludwig (now of Gateway Mastering in Portland) in August 1970. In that narrow window, Hendrix recorded a body of work that continues to surprise, inspire and influence generations of fans and musicians alike.  

Since 1995, when Experience Hendrix (then headed by the late Al Hendrix, Jimi's father) gained control of Jimi's musical legacy, his core music catalog has been restored and a series of carefully compiled and annotated albums has been issued, each offering a bounty of previously unavailable material. The latest is 'People, Hell and Angels,' a collection of 12 previously unreleased studio recordings from 1968 and 1969 due on March 5 from Experience Hendrix/Sony Legacy.

If one were to distill the feeling and vibe of coastal Maine and turn it into a radio station, what would it sound like? Maine radio veteran Race Ashlyn asked that question before creating Coastal Maine Radio a new online station designed to reflect the eclecticism of the coast and the people who spend time there. 

Originally from Waterville, Ashlyn says he has always had a fascination with the coast. 'I've always loved it. Even as a teenager, I would load up the car with friends and we'd drive to Pemaquid or Camden there's a vibe that you can only get on the coast,' Ashlyn told me in an interview last week.   

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:13

Debbie Gibson accentuates the positive

When she was 16 years old, Debbie Gibson wrote, produced and recorded her first album for Atlantic Records, 'Out of the Blue,' a debut that spawned five top-40 hits and made her one of the major success stories of the '80s. One of those hits, 'Foolish Beat,' landed Gibson in the Guinness Book of World Records, when she became the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a Billboard #1 single. She retains the record for being the youngest female to do so.  

From the outside, Gibson appeared to be an overnight success, but she recalls the years of rejection that lead her to that moment. 'I was rejected from Star Search' literally 10 times. I auditioned over the course of the entire run of that show and I never made it not once,' Gibson told me in a recent phone interview.   

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 13:04

Riveting new Springsteen bio receives Boss' input

(Bruce) said, 'If you found out anything about me that you didn't put in the book because you thought it might make me uncomfortable go back and put it in.'

You feel that you can almost reach out, touch Bruce Springsteen and hear his nervous laugh within the pages of 'Bruce,' an absorbing new biography by Peter Ames Carlin, published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.  

Carlin's previous bios of Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson generally succeeded in shining light on subjects for whom new information was thought to be exhausted, and he does it again in 'Bruce.' The book retains its 'unauthorized' status despite Springsteen's unusual decision to participate.

'The odds of me composing a symphony were one in a hundred thousand. It's never been done before like this.' Alby Hurwit, composer, retired radiologist.

Sometimes you get a second chance in life. In 'Lifecasters,' a new film for PBS from executive producers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, the duo behind 2009's award winning documentary 'The Way We Get By,' we meet three very different people who attempt to beat the odds and realize their true purpose later in life.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:55

Sherri Shepherd of The View' she's everywhere

As one of the co-hosts of ABC's daytime talk show 'The View,' Sherri Shepherd has become known as one of television funniest and most revealing personalities. Her charismatic 'keeping it real' likability landed her a role on 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and a contestant spot on 'Dancing with the Stars' in 2012. A frequent guest on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' Shepherd holds the record for the greatest number of appearances. In addition to duties on 'The View,' Shepherd can be seen as Angie Jordan on NBC's '30 Rock' and is hosting her third season of 'The Newlywed Game' on GSN.

'Recording was a tremendous passion for him. He created this huge backlog of work.'

John McDermott, catalog manager and producer for Experience Hendrix

We think of him as the ber-cool, eternally youthful ultimate guitar hero, but next year will mark what would have been Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday. For some fans, that's kind of a shocking thought. Even more incredible is just how much music he managed to record between his arrival in London in 1966 and his death in Sept., 1970 at the age of 27. It isn't merely the volume of music he committed to tape in those four years that is amazing, but that so much of it is of a consistently high quality.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:20

The surreal saga of Dave's gutted Gibson

It's a story that could easily have ended on anything but a high note. A traveling musician walks up to an airport baggage claim to the screeching sound of metal on metal and the horrific sight of his beloved 1965 Gibson ES-335 guitar (valued at $10,000) being mangled. For guitarist Dave Schneider, it was the most painful part of what turned into a surreal 20-hour journey from Maine to Florida.

Schneider has been 'Captain' of The Zambonis for more than 20 years. The band has released seven albums of infectious rock songs devoted to hockey, life and love.

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