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The Mallett Brothers Band sing it straight and true

Not only was Doc Watson the best guitarist of his era, but he also expanded the horizons of so many players, in a way that belied his ultra-traditional Deep Gap, North Carolina, upbringing.
On the Low Down
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 07, 2011
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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Book of Samuel, Vol. 3

It's so easy not to think about the music Samuel James makes much at all. Built from the very pillars of American music, it's easy to dismiss it as an homage, a throwback, a curiosity. And it is all those things, with James's ageless voice — he could b
For the ages, and For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 21, 2009
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History bites

Just a few months after the close of its upstairs neighbor, the Roma Cafe, the Bramhall Pub, long an institution in the West End, shut its doors two weeks ago. And while there's talk it may reopen after renovations, one thing is for sure: The 11-plus-ye
Bramhall shuttered; Jerks need a new home
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 26, 2009
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Rattle your cage

You'll excuse Emilia Dahlin if her first release since the well-received God Machine in 2006 is a six-song EP.
Emilia Dahlin continues to push the envelope
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 24, 2009
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Higher ground

Cindy Bullens, who has done a lot of things in the music business, recently wondered: "What? You have to get old to have success?"
The Refugees are strangers in a strange land
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2009


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Wonder lust

I suspect that most Mainers have no idea that it’s more than possible our fair state produced the best jazz and fingerstyle guitarist ever to walk the earth.
A long overdue biography of Maine music legend Lenny Breau
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 07, 2006