The Bad Daddys

The Bad Daddys

 Bangor, Maine, USA

"the missing link between Buddy Guy and the Yardbirds"


The Bad Daddys have been a Maine-based blues stronghold since 2005, when the band was founded by lead singer/guitarist, Paul Waring, and his past partner in the blues, Al Strong. The Bad Daddys quickly became recognized as a force on the Maine Music scene, playing venues from Machias to Portland. The blues that these boys bring to life is exceptional on any level and is enjoyed by fans far and wideand still to this day, the Daddys focus their drive as an electric four-piece blues band purveying traditional electric blues that comes from Chicago and beyond. "The music and talent of the fore-fathers of Blues and Jazz have been great inspiration to us. Our sound and voice really just begin to pay on the debt to this gratitude, but eventually every musician needs to work the music for himself."-- says Paul Waring.

In 2008, The Bad Daddys issued their debut release, The Bad Daddys, on the grass-roots oriented local label, Reversing Recordings. The CD was primarily a local phenomena, it was kindly received within the Maine blues community and aired on many of the popular radio stations between Bangor and Portland. Writing and Recording was an obvious direction for the band, and is an interest of which Waring continues to pursue today. The CD is available thru, though to catch the band live maybe a better way to connect with their energy and sound, and still be able to pick up a CD directly from the hands of a member.

By day, Waring is a yacht designer, and currently is partner/owner of a marine architecture & engineering firm located in Belfast, ME, called Stephens Waring Yacht Design. "I've got two full-time jobs, we all do actually, one to pay the bills, and one to play the blues," states the bad daddy, "and sometimes they actually work hand-in-hand, there's never a dull moment!" As a teen, Waring devoured blues recordings from the likes of Buddy Guy, Howlin Wolf, Freddie King and Bobby Blue Bland while the rest of his peers were all listening to the arena rock and hair bands of the 80's. This clearly translates to the music that comes from this band, a sound that offers a solid and velvety tube driven tone backed by a sense of originality and is inspired by their experiences and certain working class demeanor. Live, the Dads bring their particular flavor and style to the performance and offer the audience a night full of music and inspiration from some of Americas favorite genre. The band's unyielding rhythm section and vintage tube sound combine with Waring's vocal delivery make The Bad Daddy's' gritty sound something that sizzles and burns!


The Bad Daddys (self titled)

Set List

The Bad Daddys play sets that consist of original blues selections and many cover tunes from the forefathers of the blues including:
Howlin' Wolf
Buddy Guy,
Muddy Waters,
Stevie Ray Vaughn,
Freddie King,
Albert King,
and B.B King.
The list goes on!

A repertoire of approx. 75 blues/rock covers
A growing repertoire of original tunes- currently the new album and a handful more.