Well, I live in Maine, and there are a good amount of heads and like-minded people up here, but the music scene can get pretty beat sometimes. Lots of metal, scream at the top of your lungs while swallowing the mic type of music. I can't stand that stuff. There is some good music, it's just not prevalent all the time.
I am currently in a jam band cover band called Heavy Dime (http://www.myspace.com/heavydime
) and it's a blast playing with those guys. I've been playing guitar for almost 7 years, and have only been playing lead for about a year, year and a half, maybe. I decided one day that I just wanted to learn more about what all these good guitarists (JG, Bobby, Trey, etc.) were doing, so I sought out the best guitarist in Portland (Richard Corson of "A Band Beyond Description" http://www.myspace.com/abandbeyonddescription
) and started taking lessons from him, focusing on theory, modes, scales, etc. What a difference that made! Totally opened my eyes to what else is out there.
Anyways, we practice once a week and try to play out once a month, though it's been 3 months since we played out because we replaced our keyboardist.
We play Dead, Phish/Trey, Talking Heads, Marshall Tucker Band, Stones, Beatles, Zeppelin, and a bunch of 80's covers, because people always like to hear the 80's. Check out our setlists under our "blog" and let me know what you think!
That's about it for me.