Another Country Sunday in Rockland

By Dagney C. Ernest | Jul 12, 2017
Fred “Tommy” Thompson, left, and Chris Fyfe will be together again for a Country Sunday concert July 23 in Rockland.

Rockland — After a successful launch in May that saw some 120 people dancing, tapping their feet or just sitting back to listen to some of Maine’s best purveyors of traditional country music, Abraham Knight’s Black Hat Entertainment series returns with another Country Sunday, July 23, at Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln St.

Doors will open at noon for an afternoon of Country Music Legends in the second-floor auditorium. Concessions will include hot dogs, chips and drinks, so country music fans can make a day of it. The music begins at 1 p.m.

Performers include Ken & Jane Brooks, a duo performing together for more than a dozen years. Ken plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. His career goes back to 1965, when he began performing regularly at the Jonesport Opry House. A member of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and currently also performing with the Katahdin Valley Boys, Ken is considered an ambassador of classic acoustic roots music. Jane, who plays bass and sings lead and harmony vocals, was first introduced to bluegrass and acoustic music when she and Ken were married 30 years ago.

“Ken and Jane always play the Union Fair, and Tommy usually plays with them,” said Knight.

“Tommy” is, of course, Fred “Tommy” Thompson, Maine’s master of the pedal steel guitar. A member of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, Maine Country Music Association and Maine Ole’Opry, Thompson divides his time between Maine and Florida, playing the best in traditional country music. For this Country Sunday, Thompson will play with regular duo partner Chris Fyfe.

“They play together all the time, call each other ‘Pop’ and ‘Son,’” Knight said.

Fyfe is a multi-award-winning vocalist, keyboard player and songwriter with more than 40 years under his entertainment belt. Starting in the late 1980s, his band Aces & Eights was a mainstay in the country music scene for many years.

Recipient of the Maine Country Music Living Legend Award and an inductee of both the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and the Maine Ole'Opry, Fyfe is hired regularly as a contract musician for studios and nationwide acts.

All of the performers in the Country Music Legends afternoon are slated to perform at the Union Fair next month. Fyfe and Thompson will team up with another Maine country music legend, Denny Breau, to open for the Friday night, Aug. 25, featured act, Jake Worthington.

Country Sunday tickets are $15, available in advance by calling Knight at 712-1314. Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle, and any additional donations, will go to the Gary Owen House in Searsmont. The May Country Sunday garnered a $200 donation. Next up in the series will be a full-out Garry Owen House benefit concert Oct. 1.

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