Portland Music News: April 24, 2009

Sibilance
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 22, 2009

• The MAINE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION released some big news lately. The long-time free membership of the MSA will be broken into tiers starting August 1. Standard membership will continue to be free and get you a profile page on the Web site. Yearly membership dues of $20 a year, meanwhile, allow you to play the MSA showcases that happen each week, plus get you discounts on songwriting workshops (we'll get to that). Finally, lifetime memberships are a one-time $200 payment, get you into everything for free, and get your names in some special places. New president BOB MCKILLOP is charged with leading the organization into the not-all-free future. JUD CASWELL leads the group's next workshop, where can get songwriting tips from a guy who's got trophies sitting on his mantle from many of the major songwriting contests out there. It's May 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Pleasant Street in Brunswick.

AUTHENTIK ARTISTS, the label that recently released the new work by GRAHAM ISAACSON, will re-release PETE KILPATRICK's Hope in Our Hearts on April 21, to a nationwide distribution base. Dude's already sold more than 17,000 discs independently. Who knows what he can do with a little label support? Pete doesn't have a bad winter gig, either, as he's been touring ski resorts with EVE 6, TEA LEAF GREEN, and the WAILERS.

• We've had a HACHE sighting in New Orleans.

BEBE BUELL is no longer a Portland-area resident. She and husband JIM WALLERSTEIN have moved back to NYC. No worries, though, you can still check out Bebe's new single at www.bebebuell.org. Worth a listen.

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