MECHANIC FALLS – Three Maine bands that will compete for national titles in the North America Country Music Association’s 12th annual competition in March will play Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Silver Spur.

Taking the stage beginning at 1 p.m. will be The Country Drifters, The Kayla Wass Band and Crossin’ Mason Dixon.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12. There will be pie auctions, a cookie walk, candy walk, 50/50 raffle and more. Proceeds will go toward the bands’ trip to Tennessee to compete in the national and international competition.

Kicking off the program will be The Country Drifters, which will represent Maine in these categories: Traditional Country Band, Mixed Age, Traditional Country Vocal Group, Traditional Country Instrumentalist of the Year 13-16, Traditional Country Male Vocalist of the Year 13-16, and Traditional Country Male Vocalist of the Year.

The Country Drifters have been on Maine’s country music scene for nearly five years after founding member Gary Leet, rhythm guitarist and vocalist, decided to bring the band out of retirement. The seven-piece band won Vocal Group of the Year in the 2008 NACMA competition.

This year, the band won Country Album of the Year as well as several individual awards for members of the band. Besides Leet, the band is made up of Tim Sprague, lead vocalist and rhythm; Alton Wilson, vocals and bass; 16-year-old Gabe Tonon, lead guitar and vocals; Mike Ferucci, drums and vocals; Brenda Millett, vocals and mandolin; and Lorri Wilson, vocals and promotion.

The Kayla Wass Band will represent Maine in these categories: Traditional Country Band, Mixed Age, Traditional Country Female Vocalist 17-20 and Traditional Country Female Entertainer 17-20. The band has five members: 20-year-old Kayla Wass, lead singer who has won several awards, including 2007 Female Vocalist & Entertainer of the Year in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; Kevin Overlock, lead guitar; Buzzy Overlock, rhythm guitar; Willie Ross, bass/rhythm guitar and vocals; and Don Barry, drums.

Crossin’ Mason Dixon will represent Maine in these categories: Traditional Country Band, Traditional Country Vocal Group, Traditional Country Male Vocalist, New Country Male Vocalist and Traditional Country Female Vocalist. This four-piece Maine band with roots and influences in the deep South plays traditional country, bluegrass, folk, Southern rock and new country. It brings to the stage more than 100 collective years of experience, national and international acclaim and a bevy of awards. Members are Jimmy Walker, percussion and vocals; Jerry Durgin, bass and vocals; Elizabeth Decker, mandolinist and vocalist; and Graham Field, lead guitar and vocals.


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