Down East 2013 ©
You always hear that Maine is a haven for artists, but one new album says it loud and clear. The Amazing Music of Mainers (mainevillepublishing.com ; $19.99) is an aptly named compilation of hits from Maine-based musicians produced by Con Fullam of Port City Productions and Maineville Publishing. From Rudy Vallee’s rendition of the “Maine Stein Song” to Rustic Overtone’s “Light at The End,” the more than two-dozen tracks provide an audio tour of the state’s musical talents over the past century. Styles range from the bagpipes of Schooner Fare to the guitar-picking of Lenny Breau to the piano-playing of Paul Sullivan — even the comedic talent of Tim Sample. In total, the artists featured have sold more than 200 million records worldwide and have won more than fifteen Grammy awards. On top of being an immensely entertaining album that every Mainer should own, a portion of proceeds will also go to the Maine Credit Union League’s Ending Hunger campaign.