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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:55

Impressions of Maine

Sure, we're kind of partial to it but I've always been curious to find out how non-Mainers you know, 'people from away' feel about our state.

Over the past few years, it's probably been the most frequently asked question of my interview subjects. Their responses have been universally positive, which doesn't surprise me. For starters, Maine is particularly awesome. Secondly, these people know that the interview will either appear on radio, in print, or both, and they're not about to throw us under the bus.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 19:16

2015 in music (my faves)

'What? No Adele?' I imagine an uber-fan of the wildly popular British vocalist and songwriter saying while scanning the list below for her latest, '25.' I pretty much love everything about Adele, but I honestly haven't heard the new album yet. 'He should be beaten in the kidney with a tree branch,' the uber-fan is now saying.

I have plenty of catching up to do, but that's one of the great things about music there is no expiration date. If it's good, I'll find it. Now that I've unloaded that caveat, I'm excited to share with you the 2015 titles that are still in heavy rotation at my house.

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It's a great time to be Nils Lofgren. One year after issuing a 10-disc career-spanning retrospective ('Face The Music' copies of which are personally autographed), the multi-instrumentalist and member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band since 1984 has just released 'UK2015 Face The Music Tour,' featuring 15 carefully chosen live solo tracks recorded at various UK venues last winter.

To support the new disc, Lofgren scheduled a series of dates across the US for first part of 2016 that are now being rescheduled as a result of Springsteen's sudden decision to hit the road in support of 'The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,' a 4-CD/3 DVD (or 2 Blu-ray) set rounding up the music recorded by Bruce and the E Street Band for 1980's 'The River.' including a wealth of previously unreleased audio and video.

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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:28

Union House Band The Rise of Bent Bowler'

Sometimes, the tastiest grooves are home-cooked. That is certainly the case for Bangor-based Union House Band on their second album, 'The Rise of Bent Bowler.'

The band, composed of Rick Bruns (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Greg Lunn (vocals, guitar) and Chas Bruns (vocals, bass, drums), navigates a variety of styles ranging from rock and folk to pop, blues and even a modern day sea chantey among the album's 12 original songs.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 18:46

An Overnight Low rise with Piccadilly'

For their sophomore release, 'Piccadilly,' Portland-based band An Overnight Low continue a musical love letter begun early last year with their debut record, 'Euston.'

Led by songwriter and bassist Chad Walls, An Overnight Low pulls musical inspiration from a variety of shared loves but it's Walls' story that forms the basis of the band's planned trilogy of albums.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:34

Steve Hackett of Genesis and GTR

If progressive rock had a Mount Rushmore, we would surely see Steve Hackett's face carved there.

As lead guitarist for Genesis (1970-1977) and cofounder (with Steve Howe of Yes and Asia) of short-lived mid-80s super group' GTR, Steve Hackett's influence is vast. From Phish, Van Halen, Queen and Rush to Kate Bush, Trans-Siberian Orchestra , Porcupine Tree and Spock's Beard Hackett's impact ripples through them all.

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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 19:31

Tony Banks of Genesis A Chord Too Far'

As far as their public was concerned, Tony Banks was the congenial, soft-spoken, 'quiet' member of Genesis, content to let Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford (and, previously, Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett) absorb most of the spotlight glare.

Within the band, it was a starkly different situation. From their early, blazingly theatrical progressive-rock epics to their latter days as MTV darlings, Banks was, more often than not, the primary creative instrumental engine of Genesis.

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Do you remember where you were and how you felt in October 1995 when the verdict came down in the trial of O.J. Simpson?

According to polls then and now, the majority of Americans believe that Simpson was guilty of murdering of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in June 1994. The jury disagreed. Simpson's celebrity and the shocking specifics of the case kept viewers riveted to the televised trial for 11 months.

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On the eve of the Oct. 22 season 12 premiere of the Food Network's highly rated 'Restaurant Impossible,' fearless chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine took some time to talk about the show and his new book 'Fit Fuel: A Chef's Guide to Eating Well, Getting Fit and Living Your Best Life.'

A virtual poster boy for becoming (and staying) fit in a sedentary world of culinary temptations, Irvine has a two word philosophy for healthy living: 'No excuses.'

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In her new memoir, actress Linda Gray recounts a story from early in her career when a magazine editor shot her a frosty rejection after a modeling audition. 'Perhaps one day you might shape into something,' he wrote.

When you've overcome childhood polio, a rude note from a stranger is a walk in the park.

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