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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.

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 08:39

David Myles and his band to perform in Bangor

Written by Mike Dow

Earlier this year, The Maine Edge featured a cover story about Juno Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician David Myles, bearing the headline: ‘He’s Hot. He’s Sexy. He’s Canadian.’

My variation on the title of an infamous late ‘70s Rolling Stone cover story about Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was designed to be an attention grabber. I had hoped that readers unfamiliar with Myles and his music would be intrigued enough to check out his latest release - “Real Love” – one of the most impressive records I’ve heard by any artist this year. And based on the volume of related comments and messages subsequently received from Maine Edge readers, you were and you did.

For a dozen years, Punch Brothers have been delivering a singular brand of progressive-bluegrass-Americana beyond compare, both on record and in concert.

About the band’s fifth full-length recorded effort - they’ve also issued two Eps - “All Ashore” (out July 20 from Nonesuch), lead singer and mandolinist Chris Thile says “We were hoping we could create a thing that would be convincing as a complete thought – sort of a nine-movement or a nine-song thought…”

It seems that I’ve always been drawn to bands whose music tend to be uncategorizable. Guster is one of them. Formed in Boston in late 1991, the alt-rock-pop-jammers (see what I mean?) have developed a global audience hungry for the group’s sublime songcraft, humor, and constantly evolving set-lists. Guster also has a deep connection to Maine. The band has just announced their second annual music festival, “On The Ocean Weekend,” to take place in Portland on August 3, 4 and 5.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 15:06

New releases – 5 albums out this week

Written by Mike Dow

It’s a big week in music. Here’s a roundup of five new albums coming your way from a diverse and varied collection of artists.

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