Old Blues Kats Close Out ESG’s 2014-15 Coffee House Season on May 2

Old Blues Kats

This is a show that’s sure to get your feet stompin’! Tickets are $12 at the door or you can pick them up in advance at Bob’s Home & Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also reserve your tickets by calling 564-8596. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7:00. Read on to learn more about performers David “DW” Gill & Doug Wainoris. We’ll see you at the show!

The Old Blues Kats

Dave and Doug started their musical journey together back in 1970 with a local Waterville, Maine based blues band called The D&A Blues Band, amongst other titles. The band’s major influences at this point were Chicago blues stylists like Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Paul Butterfield and Howling Wolf. The blues quartet configuration of guitar, bass, drums and harmonica, with vocals, was the format they used until 1976 when they formed the Blues Prophets. In 1977 the addition of piano filled out the classic blues quintet sound. All the while, travels to Chicago helped solidify and form the character of the sound they sought. These trips had the boys working with Big Walter Horton, Eddy Taylor, Otis Rush, as well as back in Maine, with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers plus Eddy Shaw and the Wolfgang. After the 1978 release of the self titled “Blues Prophets” LP on Astro-Jet Records, the fellas found themselves on stage in New Orleans at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, with Professor Longhair and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The formation of the Blue Flames in 1982 found Doug and DW fronting a new quartet with material ranging from the sounds of Magic Sam to Rockabilly, then to jump and swing, with Cajun and New Orleans influences added in for good measure.

   During the 80’s and 90’s the combo started creating their own compositions and arrangements while still maintaining the authentic sound and feel. Concert outings had them working with Jimmy Johnson and opening for Stevie Ray Vaughn and BB King. Doug developed his solo finger picking blues act, while recreating the music of Mance Lipscomb, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Nighthawk, Robert Johnson, John Jackson, amongst many others. Soon, DW came on the scene with the duo and they started doing Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jazz Gillum, Big John Wrencher, whilst inserting in the sets, some more of the original blues and Cajun tunes.

   Since 2002 the Blues Prophets have been performing around Maine reprising the quartet and quintet configuration. After collecting original tunes and arranging some old blues standards, the guys went back in the studio in 2012 and released the CD Astro-Jet Records 013, Blues Prophets “Keep On Jukin”. The Old Blues Kats blues duo of DW and Doug keep on performing for many special events, in order to preserve the blues tradition and pay homage to the original blues masters dating back to the early 20th century. America’s longest musical tradition is live and well in the hands of these Old Blues Kats and everybody has as much fun as the duo does when they swing into your town.

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