Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen and Ed Randazzo at Mauch Chunk Opera House, 01/13/18

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Wilkes-Barre rock trio Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen returned to Jim Thorpe for their first show of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 13, heating up the Mauch Chunk Opera House with some red hot blues licks on a cold, snowy night.

West Pittston roots rock vocalist Ed Randazzo opened the concert with some fiery singing of his own, joined by the Husty Bros. – Wilkes-Barre guitarists Rob and Tim Husty from Three Imaginary Boys. After releasing three albums with singer, songwriter, and producer Bret Alexander, Randazzo will be celebrating his 10-year creative partnership with the former Badlees member with a series of shows this fall as they work on their fourth studio record.

Douglas, who also once shared stages with The Badlees, released his first solo album, “Black Skies and Starlight,” in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since, following it up the next year with “Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen,” named after his new band with bassist Matt “The Dane” Gabriel and drummer Tommy Smallcomb. They recorded some classic blues covers and a new original song for 2017’s “Blues 1” EP and have been working on their sophomore album, which is set for release later this year.

Listen to Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen talk about blues music, the local music scene, their next album, and more in Episode 35 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: