• 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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