Tim Couldn't Make It
Way back in the mid-1980s, bassist Tim Dahms was making a name for himself in the hip and happening Maui music scene. Much in demand, the tall good-looking Tim could pick and choose the bands and gigs he wanted to bless with his presence and prowess. The fact that most bass players have this luxury wasn’t the point. Tim joined a local rock-and-roll outfit called The Sharks. Playing guitar in the Sharks at the time was Doug Pine. Tim and Doug became friends and also became each other’s favorite musicians, so much so that Tim once asked Doug to tune his bass. Ten strings of mutual admiration.
One day in July 1989 Tim’s brother Rick appeared on Maui. A successful advertising executive with offices in the state of Connecticut, Rick brought his guitar along. Tim and Doug and Rick played on the beach one night and as is said, the rest is history. They booked a gig and when it was time to play, there was no Tim. “Tim couldn’t make it”, Rick said. This happened twice more before Rick and Doug couldn’t get a booking. Thanks, Tim.
Rick went back to Connecticut and Doug left Maui and moved to Washington. Fast forward a few years and we find Doug working on the Vashon ferry. Loading a car onto the boat in Fauntleroy one day, Doug looks up and waddaya know, there’s Rick at the wheel. Turns out Rick lives on Vashon, but Tim, he couldn’t make it. So Rick and Doug play music together for about 20 years until it occurs to them that it might be fun to play out. So they did, and they do. With each other, and with others.
Unfortunately, Tim probably can’t make it to the next show, so Doug Pine and Rick Dahms will be playing without him once again. But….the good news is the group has grown to include Chuck Keller on bass, Wesley Peterson on drums. Whether or not they show up to join Rick and Doug remains to be seen…