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Eli Young Band is unquestionably one of the most popular country bands on the planet today. The group's impressive track record includes eight hit singles to date (including two #1 hits), the most played song on country radio in 2011 ('Crazy Girl' also the 2012 ACM song of the year) and a new single currently racing up the charts ('Drunk Last Night') from their upcoming fifth studio album. They could easily be headlining their own tour at this moment but when Kenny Chesney calls and invites you to go out on the road for the summer, you don't say no.  

Eli Young Band, all Texas boys, will be special guests during Chesney's concert at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Part of Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation' tour, this show features an additional opening Texas export, Kacey Musgraves ('Merry Go Round' and 'Blowin' Smoke'). At the time of writing, the website for Waterfront Concerts had a 'sell out warning' banner for this show. In other words, get your tickets now before it's too late. 

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Richard Williams, guitarist for Kansas, says that it doesn't seem possible that his band is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 'It really is incredible to me,' Williams told me in a recent phone interview. 'I feel like I've lived 10 lifetimes over the last 40 years.'  

From the start, the members of Kansas were unified in the belief that they had what it took to reach the big time. From their humble beginning as a local Topeka band playing proms and bars to (a few years later) racking up huge radio hits like 'Carry on My Wayward Son' and 'Dust in the Wind' and selling out two nights at Madison Square Garden, Williams says that when 'the big time' arrived, the members of Kansas had no idea how popular they had become.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:08

Captain Sig' Hansen of The Deadliest Catch'

Fishing first, camera second' 

As captain of the fishing vessel 'The Northwestern,' Sigurd 'Sig' Hansen thought he had seen it all. He's witnessed the lives of friends and crew permanently altered in a split-second. He's broken up vicious on-deck fights. He's weathered Bering Sea storms that came close to sinking his boat, and he has seen rival fishermen seemingly forget the most basic rules of humanity. What he didn't see coming was the fame he has attained for doing a job that has been part of his Norwegian ancestry for generations.

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If this were an episode of VH1's 'Behind the Music,' we would now be watching the jubilant career revival that typically follows the meteoric rise and devastating crash in the arc of that series's formula.   

Adam Ant (born Stuart Goddard) has returned with his first album of new material since 1995 actually, make that a double.  The new record, 'Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter,' offers 17 bold and brash songs, each written or co-written by Ant.  

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The red headed, fair skinned, self proclaimed geek John Cochran of Washington, D.C. is in a league of his own. He successfully won Survivor Caramoan this week by securing the vote of every single member of the jury which was made up of contestants he had a hand in knocking out of the game. The Harvard law student has been watching the show since he was 13 and even wrote a paper about it in law school. He got the opportunity to see the game from the inside when he was invited to participate in Survivor South Pacific, but he was the 13th person voted out during that season. This season, he made it all the way to the end when he aligned himself with former Survivor South Pacific player, Dawn Meehan of Utah and newcomer Sherri Biethman of Boise, Idaho. The trio lasted 39 grueling days on the island, but in the end it was Cochran who pulled out the win. I recently spoke with the Washington, D.C. native about his winning strategy and what he plans to do with his one million dollar prize.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 14:12

James McCartney on Me' new album & tour

First Maine visit set for Portland's One Longfellow Square May 16

Pure pop bliss abounds on 'Me', the first full-length album from James McCartney, due May 21 from ECR Music Group. A rarity in a world where most new pop-rock releases smack the listener with deliberate earnestness, 'Me' is a reminder that the most memorable songs are often the most organic and personal.

Rich in melody and sonics with hooks to spare, many of the songs on 'Me' (including the ultra-catchy first single 'Strong as You') begin gently with acoustic guitar and then lead the listener into welcome and unexpected places. In a recent interview conducted via email, McCartney told me that the songs on 'Me' were all newly written. 'This album is much more of a snapshot of where I'm at, and who I am right now. It's Me,'' he said.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 11:20

Kat Von D Got Ink?

A conversation with renowned tattoo artist, television personality and author Kat Von D invariably revolves around ink.  

Born Katherine von Drachenberg in Mexico, Kat Von D moved to the Los Angeles area with her parents as a young girl, where she became fascinated with tattoo art and lifestyle. From art and music (she's a classically trained pianist but also harbors a deep love for rock and roll) to fashion, she quickly gained notoriety as one of LA's go-to tattoo artists and personalities.

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It was a horrific crime that made national headlines in 1989; a young woman, jogging late at night through New York City's Central Park, was brutally raped and left to die. After a media-fueled public furor, five young black and Hispanic boys were arrested and interrogated for 30 hours.  Four of the boys confessed to the crime but in a shocking twist 12 years later, the actual rapist, already serving a life sentence for other crimes, admitted that he committed the crime alone which was confirmed with DNA evidence.

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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.   

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:17

George Hale in his own words Part two

When Maine Edge assignment editor Katy England asked me to submit a favorite column from the past year, I didn't need to think about it for very long.

Putting together my cover story featuring George Hale (June 20, 2012, click here to read part one) was an extraordinarily fun but somewhat difficult experience. The first draft was nearly three times the length of the story I ultimately submitted.

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