Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.’”

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.

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.

“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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