B. Douglas, solo jazz and blues guitarist from L.A., is playing around the Midcoast this spring. He will be performing Friday, June 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rock City Café, 316 Main St., Rockland;  Tuesday, June 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Elm Street Grille in Camden; and Saturday, June 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lincolnville’s Cellar Door Winery, 367 Youngstown Road.

Douglas grew up in Springfield, Ill., playing a variety of different instruments, trumpets, drums and guitar. After attending college for a year, he wanted a change of pace and rode his motorcycle out to California and made that his home for the next 15 years. After running cranes, bulldozers and welding, he somehow came back to music where he probably needed to be all along.

Hard times came; Douglas hit rock bottom and found himself living in the desert, 14 miles from civilization. But he turned his life around, picked up his guitar and has been playing ever since, crediting God for showing him the way out through music.

Douglas has been leading his own blues band since 1994 and has recorded three albums: the sold-out “Blues You Can Use” was recorded at Blue Earth Recording Studio as was the all-original and also sold-out “Drivin Wheel.” “Live from Hollywood, Please Don’t Pull The Plug” was recorded live by John Falzarano (Studio on Wheels) at Hollywood’s Hully Gully rehearsal hall. Douglas was the last performer to use the hall before it closed for good.

His style is influenced by music greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Jr. Kimbrough. Always expanding his musical horizons, Douglas is pursuing a doctoral degree in music, attending Southern Illinois School of Music, studying theory and composition with Frank Stemper; classical guitar with Joseph Breznikar; jazz with “Doc” Robert Allison; and piano with Warner Brothers recording artist Donald Beattie.

Douglas’ performances have taken him all over the United States and the world. Band highlights include opening for Lonnie Brooks, playing along with Kenny Wayne Shepard and at a VIP party for Merle Haggard.

Rock City’s menu is available until closing. For more information on this and other events happening at the Rockland coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123 or find it on Facebook. For more information and reservations at Camden’s Elm Street Grille, 115 Elm St./Route 1, call 236-7722.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.