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Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blues.

Sounds like something out of a wedding, right? Well, while most members of the Doughty Hill Band are related (some by marriage), their music is much better than most wedding fare. As a bonus, you won't need to bring a gift, wear a suit or dodge any flying bouquets or errant garters.

Here at the Maven, we love Doughty Hill's music. The Sangerville band — a regular at the East Sangerville Grange Coffeehouse, which is a must-visit in the winter months — serves up acoustic Americana music, from old time bluegrass to blues, with a little bit of gospel and a few originals thrown in. It's a bit like stepping into the soundtrack for "O Brother, Where Art Thou," minus the prison garb, and their show next Saturday, April 11, will be no exception. Actually, maybe it will — over the winter, they took on some over-the-top personas, including the hillbilly band Kissin' Kuzins, the Holy Crap gospel band and the Muddy Diapers blues band (pictured).

They're playing at 7:30 p.m. at The Next Generation Theatre in Brewer (39 Center St., 989-7100) as a benefit for this summer's American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. If we didn't already sell our souls for Ray Lamontagne tickets, we'd be there too. It's a musical match made in heaven.


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