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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Maybe August, Definitely Music

Kristi Kates - July 25th, 2011
Maybe August, Definitely Music
By Kristi Kates
“We used to just make stuff up,” Maybe August’s Rosco (no last name, please) says by way of explaining the origin of their band name, “you know - a different story for everyone who asked.” But the best of all, he continues, was when the media picked up a tall tale about a famous (nonexistant) connection.
“The story got out that we had been named by (actress) Halle Berry,” Rosco chuckles. “We were just messing around with the journalist who was interviewing us, but a lot of media outlets picked it up and that one went on for a while.”
The real story behind Maybe August’s name, he assures, is “so mundane, it’s stupid.”
“We’re five creative guys,” he says, “but we couldn’t decide on a band name for months. Finally, we just each threw our top three names into a hat. And we pulled out ‘August.’ Nobody liked it, but our plan was to stick with whatever we pulled out. We kept saying, ‘well, maybe we could call ourselves this… maybe we could call ourselves that… and we finally ended up at ‘Maybe August.’”

BLUES TO AUGUST
Aside from all the tall tales, the mid-state based band itself has been around for years, with Rosco himself a music industry veteran of over two decades.
“Keith (Carolan, Maybe August’s bass player) and I were in a band together called Blues Controversy,” Rosco says, “we played all over the country. Maybe August was formed around the time Blues Controversy folded; we combined three Blues Controversy members, myself, Keith, and our drummer at the time, Nathan, with Mike and Scott Robertson of the Michael Scott Band.”
Today, Maybe August numbers five - Rosco, Carolan, the two Robertsons, and newest drummer Bill Silverthorn. But that lineup wasn’t arrived at easily - much like the running joke in the movie Spinal Tap, the band had more than a little trouble securing a long-term drummer.
“We definitely hope to keep Bill around for a while,” Rosco says, “but we’d gone through nine drummers before we found him. There were so many that we just started referring to them by number - Drummer Number 4, Drummer Number 6, etcetera,” he laughs.

WRITING AND PERFORMING
Maybe August’s struggles with band names and drummers have proved worth it for the stalwart group. The four “founding” members (minus Silverthorn) have been together for ten years, and, Rosco says, are in it to win it, not necessarily for fame and fortune, but for the rewards of crafting their own sound.
“We were all interested in writing and performing our own music,” he says, “Mike, Scott, and I are the main songwriters, but we all contribute.”
With Scott Robertson on lead vocals and guitars, Mike Robertson on vocals, guitars, and “all manner of strings,” Rosco says; Carolan on bass, Silverthorn firmly entrenched on the drums, and Rosco himself on guitar, vocals, and harmonica, the band has spent much of their summer performing live at a wide range of music festivals, and are now preparing to head back into the recording studio for what will be their third album.

OLD SCHOOL SESSIONS
“We already have a half-dozen songs ready to go,” Rosco says, “we like to have ten or so before we start recording. We’ve been discussing a lot about whether to do a full album or singles - I’m old-school, and I want to do a full album, with album cover and the works,” he laughs, “we’re kind of resistant to ‘just singles,’ although that seems to be the trend now.”
Whichever they choose, chances are they’ll be recording again at Big Sky Studio in Ann Arbor, where Rosco says they recorded their prior two albums.
“We may also do some work with Andy Reed in Bay City, at his studio,” Rosco says, “nothing’s been decided yet.”
What is decided is the band’s definitive sound. An eclectic blend of folk-rock harmonies to hard rock, Rosco says he’s been inspired to see the recent interest in such bands/performers as the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, and Mumford and Sons, all of whom utilize a similar mix of genres in their music, as well.
“We’ve been doing that kind of mix of sounds for years,” Rosco says, “so it’s helped give us a second wind to see people appreciating this kind of music now.”

Maybe August will be performing at City Park Grill in downtown Petoskey on July 30. For more info on the band, visit www.maybeaugust.com.
 
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