MAINESQUEEZE (not to be confused with the accordion band, The Maine Squeeze) is a brilliant mix of rhythm & roots,Texas-swing, folk, country and more with 3-part harmonies, hot guitar and pedal steel.
Though some of the band’s songs are familiar it’s their unusual song choices that leave audiences smiling and scratching their heads.
Sammie Haynes and Doug Bennett share the title of lead vocalist - their interactions and vocal blend truly breathe new life into old songs. Add thoughtful and impeccable sidemen Bruce Derr (pedal steel) and Jonathan Booth (bass/lead guitarist) into the mix and you have every good reason to make sure you don’t miss their shows.
Doug’s understated musical stamp and his uncanny ability to track down tunes by the likes of The Delmore Brothers, Ella Mae Morse, Moon Mullican, and Memphis Minnie keeps the band on its quirky axle and sets it apart. From sultry ballads to flat-out fun, they squeeze it all in.
Also an award-winning children’s music songwriter and performer, Sammie Haynes leads on sultry yet spirited vocals with her folk/country and blues influence. Her second children’s CD,“Nature’s ABC’s”,on A Gentle Wind records, was released at the end of 2004. It’s received high acclaim by National Library Association’s Booklist and the School Library Journal. It also received 4 national awards including a Parents’ Choice! When not performing with MAINESQUEEZE, she tours performing children’s music and with her husband, nationally known singer/songwriter, Cormac McCarthy, who claims MAINESQUEEZE is his favorite band. He often invites them to back him up at concerts and festivals.
Doug Bennett recently released a fabulous CD of mostly original material called “Long Time Blues.” He was also the lead singer in the popular seacoast-based group, the Doc Johnson Blues Band. Earlier in his career he made a name for himself with the Fleet Street Shuffle and the well-loved duo, Bennett & Lawson. He keeps MAINESQUEEZE on its quirky axle of swing, blues, and shuffle with remarkable renditions of old standards. And no one can sing like Doug!
Bruce Derr is one of New England’s most sought-after pedal steel and session players. His playing is creative and impeccable. Bruce can also be seen playing guitar or lap steel with Rounder Recording Artist, Slaid Cleaves as well as with Lex & Joe, Joyce Andersen and others. He was a member of the NY-based bluegrass band, The Dixie Doughboys before moving toNew England.
Berklee Music School grad, Jon Booth, equally comfortable and competent playing bass, or sweet, clean guitar, also sings lead and harmony in many of the band’s tunes. In the 80’s Jon was lead guitarist in the popular Terri Bright and The Motives band and in the duo Booth & Whyte.
Our gigs may include Jamie DeCato, Jon Ross, Joe Rogers, Robbie Kneeland, Ray Brunelle or other great area drummers. They each lend their unique style to the band.
Kent is our honorary “squeeze”. When he’s not playing other musicians in the Maine/New Hampshire area, he loves sitting in with MAINESQUEEZE and we’re always thrilled to have such a fine musician and good friend join us. The songs really sizzle when Kent sits in!
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