NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Authentic blues rock with Wilkes-Barre’s Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen
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The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, host of Alt Natives on Scranton radio station Alt 92.1 and senior marketing consultant at Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in during each hour-long episode and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.
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 (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) 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.
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