Blues Prophets convene at Bowen’s
Belfast — The Blues Prophets, one of Maine’s original blues bands, will re-convene Saturday, Nov. 10 for a rollicking evening at Bowen’s Tavern, 181 Waterville Road, near the intersection of Routes 7 and 137. The music will begin 8:30 p.m. Cover charge is $7.
Since 1970, D.W. Gill and Doug Wainoris have been playing almost all styles of blues including Chicago, Texas, Kansas City, New Orleans R&B, hokum, ragtime, jazz, jump and swing. Having traveled to Chicago in the 1970s and '80s for research, they have worked with the likes of Big Walter Horton, Homesick James, Otis Rush, Lurrie Bell, Eddie Taylor and a host of others.
As co-founders of Maine’s original blues band, they produced the self-titled vinyl LP "Blues Prophets." During the late 1970s, from Maine to New Orleans, they worked with Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Eddie Shaw, Jimmy Johnson and Professor Longhair. The group disbanded in the early 1980s and emerged later that decade as The Blue Flames, with Wainoris and Gill at the helm once again. They worked here in Maine for the next 15 years, until the year 2000. They are still purveying the blues, re-uniting periodically as the Blues Prophets.
Gill was born in Rockland, was given a harmonica at age 13 and bought his own Hohner Marine Band harp at Joe’s Smoke Shop in Waterville. He also plays sax and sings. Wainoris performs on guitar and vocals. On stage with them at Bowen’s will be Jeff Davison on drums and vocals; Jack Tukey on bass; and Robin Worthley, who goes way back with the band, guesting on piano. The Prophets’ usual keyboard player is Jamie Isaacson, co-founder of the North Atlantic Blues Festival; he will be bringing Grammy winner Nanci Griffith to the Kents Hill School that night.
Peter Clifford, who is organizing the Bowen’s gig, said the band will play to midnight or later, depending on the crowd.
“I hope a lot of Waldo County folks will remember them from playing at an infamous bottle club called the Red Barn in Monroe during the 1970s. It’s a $7 cover, unlike the Red Barn when it was $3 or $4. Bowen’s has a full menu —no sushi — so I hope people come early and stay late,” he said.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.