Mill Town Road Show will perform as part of Music for Mavis Tuesdays at the Gazebo series at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, in Turner. Submitted photo

Mill Town Road Show will perform as part of Music for Mavis Tuesdays at the Gazebo series at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, in Turner.

The band features Jack D. Jolie, who lived on Music Row in Nashville during his teenage years writing country music and recording with his father, while taking guitar lessons from professional Nashville players. In 1976, Jolie found his mountain soul in bluegrass music. Local bluegrass bands he played with opened for the likes of Bill Monroe, The Seldom Scene and The Johnson Mountain Boys. Eventually, in 1998, he joined the Connecticut bluegrass band “Grass Routes” and stayed 12 years, recording two CD projects with them.

Terry Swett, a native of North Norway, Maine, spent much of young adulthood developing a travelogue of stories, inspired by small town America. He also spent time along Nashville’s Music Row, where he shared the stage with some of the best songwriters in the business. “That’s where I started to polish my skills as a writer,” he says. “Over the years, I’ve done a tremendous amount of solo performing, and occasionally been half of performing duets; but this is the first time since high school that I’ve been part of a complete band, and I just love it!”

Debbie Stanford has been singing harmony and lead with Swett for over 20 years. With a true and humble soul, her sweet vocal harmonies add a timeless and emotional dimension to the band’s blend of roots, Americana and original music.

John Sparrow, usually on bass, is an all-around, seasoned player. His early 60’s folk beginnings have led him down many musical roads.  But to the “Roadshow” scene he primarily brings his stand up bass fiddle to provide a solid anchor to their sound.  His bluegrass roots grew stronger in the 70’s and 80’s when he performed throughout New England with the Danville Junction Boys. In more recent years he was found picking with Harrison’s Hemingway Brothers band, with the “Grinners and Pickers” as well as with with “Uncle Al” Scheeen, and Alden Clark, both former members of the Jud Strunk Band of days gone by.

And last but not least, they are enhanced and enlivened by the delightful and talented, fiddle-playing Genine.

We pass the hat to pay the musicians. Suggested donation is $10. Bring a chair, bring a blanket, bring a friend. For more information, call 207-754-0954.

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