Tim Woitowitz of Stockton Springs keeps trying to retire, but found himself in a place anything but last month. He and Between Dead Stations bandmates were on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., representing Maine in the International Blues Challenge. When the musical dust had cleared, BDS was the first Maine band to make it to the semi-finals.

It wasn’t the band’s, and especially, Woitowitz’s, first IBC. As a founding member of Juke Rockets, Woitowitz had competed as the Maine Blues Society contestant several times. He thought he’d left it at that when he retired in 2016, both from the Jukes and from Making Change, a youth support group he’d founded and run for 10 years. But the music won’t let him go.

“Every time I try, I get pulled back in,” he said earlier this month.

Doing the tugging this time were Bangor-area singer/songwriter and guitarist Jake Irish and six-string bassmeister James Morang. Between Dead Stations is a progressive blues trio that fuses Americana, rockabilly, Delta soul and folk storytelling into a rootsy blues mix that the Challenge crowd has proven to have a taste for.

Between Dead Stations played its opening round set at the city’s Coyote Ugly Saloon (the IBC is spread across multiple Beale Street venues) Jan. 18. The following night, the trio participated in the semi-finals, playing their set in the Rum Boogie Cafe.

“It was fabulous! There were lots of people and we represented Maine well,” Woitowitz said.

The IBC is an opportunity to make blues-loving friends, and one never knows who one will run into. Woitowitz made the acquaintance of a woman who was taken by his mop of white hair, as well as by the band’s music.

“I kept bumping into her, ended up in a little video she made and posted. She finally said, 'You don’t know who I am, do you?' Turns out she was B.B. King’s daughter,” he said, and indeed, Shirley King did Facebook Live proud that week.

The band had a great time, Woitowitz said, and the experience revved them up for this month’s endeavor — recording a CD at Main Street Music Studios in Brewer, working with engineer and producer Andrew Clifford. It’s been going well.

“We recorded five songs in one session! We were really in a zone, did all the rhythm tracks in four hours,” Woitowitz said.

They won’t be in the studio for long. In March, Between Dead Stations starts playing out again, including a gig at Bangor’s Hollywood Casino. Come summer, they will be popping up in Rockland, playing both the Summer Solstice Celebration and the North Atlantic Blues Festival club crawl.

To sample some of the trio’s music, find it on ReverbNation, where BDS has been voted the No. 1 blues band for four consecutive years; and to keep up with their schedule, check out the band’s Facebook page.