LOVELL, Maine — The award-winning band Milltown Roadshow will be appearing at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts on Christian Hill Road in Lovell, Maine, performing its entertaining blend of popular Americana music and well-crafted original songs, on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m.
With blended vocal harmonies and strong instrumental work, this acoustic ensemble from the Bridgton, Maine, area has been attracting a large, enthusiastic following. The band recently released its first CD, “Live and On Time,” which features 15 songs, including eight original compositions.
Leading the group is Terry Swett on lead and harmony vocals, harmonica, and rhythm acoustic guitar. Swett brings a lifetime of solo and duet work to the band, along with a large portfolio of original songs.
A second cornerstone is Jack D. Jolie on lead and harmony vocals, and on lead acoustic guitar. Teenage years living in Nashville with his songwriter dad allowed Jolie to learn guitar technique from top-level professionals. Years since have firmly established him as both solo performer and band member, especially in the genre of bluegrass where he recorded two CDs with the Connecticut bluegrass band Grass Routes.
For female lead vocals and harmonies the band features veteran performer Diane “DJ” Maddix. Maddix is best-known for her work with the former popular band Steppin’ Out, which won band competitions in Maine and New England and also performed briefly in Nashville and Las Vegas. While with this band she won honors as Down East Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year and female entertainer of the year.
Greatly enriching the band’s overall sound is Jeanine Loubier, an Oklahoma native, who delivers solid, creative work on fiddle, banjo, mandolin and keyboard, and who adds depth to the band’s singing with sweet vocal harmonies.
Rounding out the band’s sound with an all-important bass beat is its fifth member, John Sparrow. Although experienced playing many instruments, with Milltown Roadshow he sticks with his acoustic bass fiddle. Over the years, he’s performed with folk groups in the 1960s, Sugarloaf-area bands in the 1970s, and more recently several bluegrass bands including the Danville Junction Boys and the Hemingway Brothers Band.
Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for children) will be available at the door; refreshments will be served at intermission.
For more information, contact Stan Tupaj at (207) 925-1500 or go to lovellbrickchurch.org.