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The Old Blues Kats will perform on Saturday, June 24th at 7 PM at the Wayside Theatre. Door will open at 6:30 PM. Harpman DW Gill and guitarist Doug Wainoris perform delta, ragtime, Louisiana, zydeco, Cajun, Texas and country blues. Tickets will be $10 each with no reservations. Homemade goods and coffee will be sold at intermission with a door prize and 50/50 raffle.
DW and Doug started their musical journey together back in 1970 with a local Waterville based blues band called The D and A Blues Band. 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.
After the 1978 release of the self titled “Blues Prophets” LP on Astro-Jet Records, they found themselves on stage 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.
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 keep on performing in order to preserve the blues tradition and pay homage to the original blues masters dating back to the early 20th century. For more information contact 277-3733, 270-1166 or Facebook Wayside Grange. The theatre is located at 851 North Dexter Road on Route 23 in Dexter.
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