NEPA Scene Podcast Ep. 35 - Blues rock with Wilkes-Barre’s Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen
In Episode 35, we sit down with Wilkes-Barre blues rock trio Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen before their upcoming Stevie Ray Vaughan Retrospective tribute show at the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Before and during the interview, we drink crowlers of Block House Double Chocolate Bock by Pittsburgh Brewing Company, Atwater Vanilla Java by Atwater Brewery, and Sköll Och Hati by HammerHeart Brewing Company that was put through a Randall of Tootsie Rolls, which was made exclusively at Beer Boys. These dark beers warm everybody up on a cold night. We talk about their introduction to blues rock and why it stuck with them; Stevie Ray Vaughan and what makes his music continue to resonate; reproducing SRV and playing it their own way; putting this show together and performing it at the iconic B.B. King Blues Club in New York City; other bands they’ve been in, including Lemongelli, and how they informed their current work; the importance of honesty and emotion in music, as well as simplicity; their current album, “Blues 1,” and how their previous albums have evolved live; working on their next record and letting songs “happen” on the spot; standout shows they’ve played; changes to the local music scene over the years, both good and bad; performing at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival and connecting with blues fans live; and more. We also answer some questions and react to comments from live viewers, which occasionally turn into some ball busting and a “roast” of Dustin. The award-winning NEPA Scene Podcast covers arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania. It airs as a live video stream every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page and is available afterward on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, YouTube, and nepascene.com. This episode and all previous episodes are available now on NEPA Scene, the award-winning independent arts and entertainment website that combines the accuracy and professionalism of a print magazine with the immediacy and convenience of a blog, offering a wide variety of content to readers in NEPA, Philadelphia, New York, and beyond. The show is made possible by local sponsors Beer Boys, The Keys, Loyalty Barber Shop and Shave Parlor, the F.M. Kirby Center, Coal Creative, and viewers who tune in every week.