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Take a few seasoned rock and blues vets, find some classic rock ‘n roll songs that haven’t been covered to death, write some new tunes that sound like they could be vintage rockers, add a little country and then come up with a catchy name. Voila! You have “Shaken & Stirred” - the new album from Earl & the Agitators.

Lead by Foghat founding member and drummer, Roger Earl, the new disc features singer and guitarist Scott Holt (a veteran of Buddy Guy’s band), Foghat’s lead and slide guitarist Bryan Bassett (former guitarist for Wild Cherry – that’s his solo on ‘Play That Funky Music’), longtime Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor, bassist Rodney O’Quinn, guitarist Tony Bullard, and percussionist Mark Petrocelli.

As a founding member of the bands Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia, drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer’s irradicable status as a rock icon is indisputable.

Palmer is currently touring the world with guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick as Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy – a multimedia stage show that incorporates film and fine art with live reimagined arrangements of classic pieces from the ELP catalog. The trio has undertaken five hugely successful North and South American tours in recent years, including their current US tour.

As you read this, the trio just finished a scheduled three-night stand at Iridium Jazz Club in New York City and are headed for points south and west before wrapping this leg of the tour in Indianapolis. After the holidays, Palmer’s band will embark on a three-month European tour.

With sales exceeding 50 million, ELP has recently seen their entire music catalog remastered, restored and reissued on CD and vinyl by BMG, complete with bonus live material and bonus remixes by Steven Wilson.

When Palmer formed a power trio with drums, bass and guitar back in 2001, he says the idea was to celebrate the classically-driven musical legacy of ELP by performing the band’s music for a new generation. Today, Palmer says his trio – Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy - also celebrates the lives of former band-mates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake – both of whom passed away in 2016.

Carl Palmer checked in with The Maine Edge to discuss the tour, the music he made with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, and the passing of his friends and band-mates, including John Wetton of progressive-rock supergroup Asia.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:19

Danny Stag of Kingdom Come talks 30th anniversary tour

Written by Mike Dow

When your debut album ships gold (a half-million in sales), you know you’re onto something.

Such was the case for Kingdom Come with their 1988 self-titled debut featuring the radio hit “Get It On.” Four original members of the band have reunited for a 30th anniversary tour with new lead vocalist Keith St. John, formerly of Montrose. Former front man and founding member Lenny Wolf has declined to participate but has given his blessing for the reunion.

The band is set to perform at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH, on October 21.

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:36

Uriah Heep's Mick Box is 'Living the Dream'

Written by Mike Dow

Since their debut in 1970 Uriah Heep has consistently delivered a proprietary blend of prog-rock and metal filtered through the various influences of each member of the band.

While the lineup has undergone a number of alterations over the years, Uriah Heep’s founding member, and lead and rhythm guitarist Mick Box, has been the kingpin.

The band’s 25th studio album – titled “Living the Dream” - was released in mid-September in multiple formats, including CD, CD/DVD, and colored vinyl. From the blistering opening track “Grazed By Heaven” to the thematic closing “Dreams of Yesteryear” (the deluxe version has a bonus track) it’s clear that Uriah Heep was determined to deliver a record they were proud of and one that could stand tall with their storied catalog.

Box checked in with The Maine Edge to talk about “Living the Dream,” a relentless tour schedule, being one of rock’s “nice guys,” and upcoming 50th anniversary plans.

One of the things I’ve always admired about The Guess Who is the band’s dedication to songcraft.

You can hear it in their classic singles, from timeless hook-filled rock ballads like “These Eyes,” “Laughing” and “Share the Land” to the jazz-influenced “Undun” and the straight-up rock of “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” The Guess Who have given us a wealth of carefully-crafted gems that still sound fresh five decades later.

That commitment to strong songwriting is all over The Guess Who’s new album released last week. “The Future is What It Used to Be” is the first collection of new material released under the band’s name in decades.

Cofounding member Garry Peterson – the only original member of The Guess Who in the band today, has surrounded himself with a powerhouse group that includes lead singer Derek Sharp, guitarist Will E., Keyboardist Leonard Shaw and bassist Rudy Sarzo. They’re top-flight players that also have a lifetime of songwriting experience behind them.

“This album is what I think the original Guess Who lineup would sound like today had we stayed together,” Peterson told me during an interview from his home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:30

Get to know Roc Babi

Written by Mike Dow

ELLSWORTH - Roc Babi is a band but it’s also the musical identity of a 22-year old vocalist originally from Southwest Harbor and currently based in the Ellsworth area. The band is in the process of recording their debut album at Main Street Recording Studios in Brewer. 

“I had been out of the music business so long, I didn’t realize how much I missed it,” musician, singer and actor John Schneider says of “Ruffled Skirts,” the album that rekindled his passion to create music. The former star of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” says that record came out of the loss and struggle he and his friends and neighbors endured in the catastrophic 2016 Louisiana floods that virtually destroyed Schneider’s film and music studios.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:42

Nature throws a curveball at ‘Curveball’

Written by Mike Dow

Maine fans react to Phish's cancellation of N.Y. festival

BANGOR - The David Myles trio brought an enthusiastic audience to their feet several times during their premiere Bangor performance last Saturday evening in the ballroom at Bangor Arts Exchange.

Joining the Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter onstage were longtime bandmates Alan Jeffries on lead guitar and Kyle Cunjak on standup bass. The trio offered an astonishing musical master class encompassing multiple genres, including pop, folk, rockabilly, bluegrass, soul and doo-wop.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:16

The Guess Who to release first new album in 40 years

Written by Mike Dow

“We’re pumped up for this album just like the old days!” drummer Garry Peterson said about the upcoming release of the first new album from The Guess Who since 1978. “The Future is What It Used to Be” is set to be released via Cleopatra Records on September 14 on CD, digital formats and limited edition red vinyl.

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