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2011 Best Music Poll Winners
BEST MUSIC POLL > PORTLAND

Roots Act

This Way


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When they set out to make a new album almost a year and a half ago, the members of This Way made a conscious decision to step in a rootsier direction from their debut album We Could All Make History. The result is Goodbye Forever, a locally recorded (mostly at Drumshow Productions on Hanover Street, but also, for one song, in the Cumberland County Courthouse) 10-song album that the five-piece Americana band released last month. There are rollicking foot-stompers like "Take It All (or Leave It All Behind)," fiddle-tinged ballads like "The Reigning Ballads," and wailing harmonies over finger-plucking, as in "Push On With No Regrets" — all with a slight hint of nostalgia. Listen live at the Lithgow Summer Concert Series in Augusta on August 4, or at Portland Lobster Company on September 1; get the album at Bull Moose stores or on iTunes. | thiswayband.com

Runners-up
2. Mallett Brothers Band
3. Gypsy Tailwind
4. Jerks of Grass

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