LOVELL – The Radio Gang, veteran Maine musicians devoted to the popular music of the 1930s and ’40s, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, at The Brick Church for the Performing Arts.

The Radio Gang’s rousing renditions of classic melodies recapture the mood of a unique period in American history. Simple, honest and in many ways innocent, country music of the ’30s and ’40s, often called bluegrass today, was purely acoustic, with six-string guitar, mandolin, banjo and stand-up bass. Country music had its start, in many cases, as live broadcasts over the radio or was performed inGrange halls and churches.

The band’s selections include fiddle and train songs, gospel music, hand-clapping and toe-tapping tunes, and ballads of love and heartbreak.

The Radio Gang has 11 recordings to its credit. Among them are “Old Country Radio Songs,” chosen by CD Review as one of the top four country CDs since the magazine began in 1984; “When the Roses Bloom Again” and “New River Train.” The group recently recorded four albums for Fishtraks: “Get on Board,” “Sunbonnet Mother,” “River of Memories” and “Down in Memory Lane.”

The Radio Gang concert is part of the 2008 summer family entertainment series presented by The Brick Church for the Performing Arts. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families. For more information, call 925-2792.

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