Marsden Hartley and Winslow Homer are familiar names. So are Sarah Orne Jewett, E.B. White, and Robert McCloskey. But while Maine's visual artists and literary icons have achieved international prominence, the same isn't true of our music stars.
Does the name Howie Day ring a bell? How about Patty Griffin? Arguably the state's most well-known musical exports, neither of them live here any longer, nor really made any hay when they did. And, honestly, neither of them is all that popular anyway. Country fans might count Dick Curless, and jazz fans know Lenny Breau, but both are now deceased. So it's safe to say that the mainstream is largely ignorant of the treasure trove of talent who currently live, perform, and record in the Pine Tree State.
In an effort to change all that, here's a sampling of three local musicians you should be listening to right now.
Ray LaMontagne's dusky voice is often likened to that of Irish crooner Van Morrison, channeling emotion and pathos like few before it. Click here to hear a track.
Spencer Albee is wildly regarded as one of Maine's best songwriters, building on a solid foundation of Paul McCartney and Bad Company. To hear a track click here.
Sara Cox has already established herself as the queen of Maine's oft-celebrated roots-music scene. To hear a track click here. Which Maine musician is on your playlist? Sign in and add your comments below.