NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Wilkes-Barre blues rock with Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen
Professionally recorded on Mondays at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on nepascene.com on Tuesdays, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.
Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and nepascene.com.
In Episode 58, we sit down with vocalist/guitarist Dustin Drevitch and bassist Matt Gabriel of Wilkes-Barre blues rock band Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen to talk about their music and the band’s new self-titled album. We discuss their very different introductions into playing music and how they got together; writing and recording the album in an old church; their live jamming and the challenge of capturing that energy in the recordings; experiences with their past bands, like Lemongelli, The Badlees, and MiZ; their best and worst shows; lyric writing and its effect on the instrumentation; the short documentary on the making of the record; the upcoming record release show in Plains and Dustin’s solo “Songwriter’s Confessional” concert with Robb Brown, Aaron Fink, and Adam McKinley; random stories about playing soccer in Germany and Bob Seger’s naptime; advice for younger or less experienced musicians; and their funny quirks, like Gabriel’s oversensitive gag reflex.
In The Last Word segment, Rich talks about Scranton Comic Con held over the weekend and the importance of supporting small events in the area like that, and he also thanks Bob Saget for the retweet.
Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen’s album premiere party with special guests Half Dollar will be held on Friday, May 27 at 9 p.m. at the River Street Jazz Cafe (667 N. River St., Plains). Adam McKinley and James Yamrus present “Songwriter’s Confessional: First Edition” on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Downtown Arts (47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre).
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