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  • Mar 15, 1820
    Maine becomes the 23rd state to join the United States. The Pine Tree State provides a birthplace for such country figures as Dick Curless, The Byrds' Clarence White and Sawyer Brown's Joe Smyth
    Jun 2, 1851
    Predating prohibition by decades, Maine becomes the first state to outlaw alcohol. Spirits will become a big part of country lore through such songs as "White Lightning," "Rye Whiskey," "Alcohol," "Sangria," "Red Solo Cup" and "Straight Tequila Night"
    Aug 3, 1917
    Songwriter Claude DeMetrius is born in Bath, Maine. He writes Elvis Presley's "Hard Headed Woman" and "I Was The One," as well as Marvin Rainwater's "Nothin' Needs Nothin' (Like I Need You)"
    Mar 17, 1932
    Dick Curless is born in Fort Fairfield, Maine. Nicknamed the Baron of Country Music, he drives into the Top 10 in 1965 with his trucker classic "A Tombstone Every Mile"
    Apr 23, 1938
    Mandolin player Roland White is born in Lewiston, Maine. He plays with Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and The Kentucky Colonels, in which he works with brother Clarence White, who spends time as a member of The Byrds
    Aug 5, 1941
    Hitmaker Betty Cody and husband Harold Breau have a son, jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, in Auburn, Maine
    Jun 7, 1944
    Guitarist Clarence White is born in Lewiston, Maine. He joins The Byrds in 1968, staying with the pioneering country-rock band until he reforms the bluegrass Kentucky Colonels in 1973
    Aug 23, 1948
    Rounder co-founder Marian Leighton-Levy is born in Harrington, Maine. The label specializes in acoustic music and earns its widest recognition as the recording home of Alison Krauss + Union Station
    Jul 13, 1953
    Dick Curless has a son, Rick Curless, in Maine
    Jul 1, 1956
    Dick Curless has a daughter, Terry Curless, in Maine

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