Dimestore Prophets offer variety of genres

Band welcomes all audience members to listen, feel good



Dimestore Prophets will play tonight at the Lentil Festival for a wide range of audiences, who they described as being anywhere from “eight to 80.”

ANNA YOUNG, Evergreen reporter

What do you get when two musicians invite a complete stranger to a home studio for a recording session?

For Ray, John and Eric, you get an instant friendship, and Moses Lake got the Dimestore Prophets.

Vocalist, writer and guitarist Ray Glover said he and drummer John Wilson were trying to start a new project back in 2010, but needed to find a bassist. Somebody suggested Eric Groff as a potential bandmate, and the Dimestore Prophets have been going strong ever since.

Dimestore Prophets members Ray Glover, John Wilson and Eric Groff describe their music as “feel-good” and said their goal is for it to reach the soul.

“Our friendship clicked,”  Groff said, “and it continues to click every day.”

Describing the band’s genre as “feel-good music,” Glover said their music has grown over the years. Though they cited influences such as Bob Marley and the Clash, what started as one idea for a sound evolved as what each of the members listened to changed.

“We let the river take us where it flowed,” Glover said.

As genre is fluid, so too are the audiences. Groff said the demographics change based on the festival, but the band sees a range from early 20s to more middle-aged listeners.

But, as Wilson explained, their music has no target audience. He cited a quote he heard years ago which encouraged reaching an audience aged “from eight to 80.”

“Good music is good music,” Wilson said. “It doesn’t matter what genre you’re speaking from … music is meant to touch our soul.”

As well as aiming for the souls of listeners, the Dimestore Prophets have made their mark around Washington. They’ve played at Fall Fest at Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho and Spokane’s Pig Out in the Park, both drawing audiences in the tens of thousands.

The band has even put together its own festival on Moses Lake — actually on the lake. Wilson had an idea to put the band on a boat and have the audience bring their own boats to listen, and Tunes at the Dunes was born. The event is covered entirely by the band and draws out around 60 to 80 boats.

But along with the successes, there can be difficulties. Wilson recounted a time when the band crashed an RV in the pass, and only one person could go in the tow truck. He and Glover had to hitchhike 30 miles into town.

However, what could have been a challenging day for the band became just a part of the lore in their nearly decade-long history together.

“When you start recording records, you can lose sight of how blessed you are,” Wilson said. “But we’re just having a friggin’ blast.”

In preparation for their performance at the National Lentil Festival this weekend, Glover had one main goal in mind.

“What we do is feel-good music,” he said. “If you don’t feel good listening to our music, then we’re not doing our job.”