TERRY SWETT (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica): A native of North Norway, Maine, Terry spent his early years developing a travelogue of stories inspired by small-town America. During his many travels throughout North America he often sang for his supper as he matured into a prolific songwriter. At one point he even spent time along Nashville’s “music row” polishing song-writing skills and sharing stages with some of the best writers in the business.
Most of Terry’s 40+ years of performing have been either as a solo act or as part of a duet; but in recent years with his creation of the Milltown Roadshow he has finally had an opportunity to become part of a complete band and says; “I just love it!!”
When not playing music you may find Terry practicing his fabled talents as a professional sign maker at Swett Signs, his shop in South Paris.
JACK D. JOLIE (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Lead Guitar): Starting from lessons at age 8, Jack has advanced through the years to end up as one of Maine’s most talented singers and acoustic guitar players. Teenage years spent in Nashville with his song-writer dad allowed him the good fortune of taking serious guitar lessons from top-level professional players.
While living in Connecticut in 1976, Jack found his true soul in Bluegrass music ….. honing his skills at numerous festivals, playing in a variety of bands, and many times being part of opening acts for famous headliners at these festivals. For 12 years beginning in 1998 he was a member of the Connecticut band “Grass Routes“, recording two CD projects with them. He also plays lead acoustic guitar for “Al Hawkes and his Nitehawks” Bluegrass Band. He played guitar on Al’s current recording project, “I Love the State of Maine” with proceeds going to benefit the Maine Parkinson’s Society. He has always remained very active and successful as a solo performer.
With influence from heroes ranging widely from Tony Rice to Waylon Jennings to Jimi Hendrix to Bach, Jack has been able to delight young and old alike with his extensive vocal repertoire, driving rhythm, and dazzling acoustic flat-picking.
If he takes time to set his guitar aside, you’re apt to catch this retired policeman prowling through yard sales and junk shops looking for vintage cast iron cookware to restore and resell.
DIANE “DJ” MADDIX (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Hand-held Percussion): With so much musical talent in both paternal and maternal families it’s no surprise D.J. developed into an outstanding singer and creative songwriter, entertaining Maine audiences for many years as a member of several popular country-rock bands. One of these bands, Steppin’ Out, not only won band competitions in Maine and New England, but also earned itself several opportunities to perform in Nashville and Las Vegas. While performing with Steppin’ Out D.J. also won personal recognition from Down East Country Music Association one year when she was voted both “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Female Entertainer of the Year.” As a member of Milltown Road Show, D.J. now continues to please audiences with that same award-winning combination of singing talent and energetic stage presence.
Off stage this energetic performer is typically found calmly relaxing at home where she enjoys reading, writing, and a variety of craft hobbies.
JEANINE LOUBIER (Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals): We are very proud to say Jeanine is now part of our Milltown Road Show, especially proud because other bands in the area would love to have her with them instead! Despite many years spent in Maine, her accent quickly reveals she is originally from Oklahoma where she found numerous opportunities to develop her natural talents playing banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, keyboard, and bass fiddle. With her tasteful and creative background fills, her crowd-pleasing solo breaks, and her harmony vocals, Jeanine always adds extra depth and excitement to our band’s sound.
When she’s not playing music, look for Jeanine to be busy farming and teaching horseback riding.
JOHN SPARROW (Acoustic Bass Fiddle): Yes, John grew up on ancestral land on Cape Cod; but since he’s lived in Maine over 50 years we think he’s getting darn close to native. Outside the band he enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments; but within the Milltown Roadshow he’s happy sticking with acoustic bass fiddle to provide a solid anchor for our sound. However we do occasionally cajole him to the mic to do a vocal lead or play mandolin with Jeanine on some fiddle tunes. Over the years you may have seen John on stage performing with bluegrass bands such as Danville Junction Boys and Hemingway Brothers, or playing in the Sugarloaf area with Jud Strunk and others.
As a retired mechanical engineer it’s not surprising John’s other hobby is his two Model A Fords.