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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...5/20/21

By Danny Coleman

Rock On! This Week

"For me it's where I started; I started in the blues-rock world and that's kind of where I am," says blues rocker Dustin Douglas as he discussed his band The Electric Gentlemen, their new record, video and more. 

"All rock and roll music is rooted in the blues," is a quote many a rock musician has heard and/or lived by but some such as Dustin Douglas understand this to their very core. The blues music genre runs neck and neck with progressive rock as perhaps the toughest to sell and market; both always seeming to simmer beneath the music landscape until something erupts and pushes them to surface and in this ever changing climate of digital versus analog, downloads versus physical product, Douglas knows that one thing MUST be a constant and that is honesty. 

"I like my blues pretty injected with volume and power but the feeling and the vibe and honesty of the traditional blues guys is what really makes me gravitate to that music. When I listen to that music it's the honesty; all of the Kings, Albert, Freddie and also there's Muddy and all of those dudes; "Zeppelin I" was my bible. I mean these dudes in these white suits took these blues tunes and injected them with power and that's all I really try to do; carry the flag or the torch. Whether it's Jack White or Black Keys, I just kind of re-imagine it for a new crowd and hopefully that crowd goes back and says; where did this all come from? For me that's the purpose of it all; just kind of putting a fresh spin on the old honesty of the blues and that's what it's all about for me."

Dustin Douglas and The Electric Gentlemen are in the process of assembling their still untitled third album and in doing so are navigating some uncharted territory; releasing singles and a video before the project is complete and yet while adapting, they have also managed to keep busy which makes Douglas very happy.



 
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"I have a solo record out; I was in The Badlees for a few years playing second guitar and after that kind of dismantled I recorded a solo record and then The Electric Gentlemen were formed," he explained. "We have a self-titled and our latest which is about two years old called "Break It Down;" so, this will be our first new music in about two years."

"Yeah," he continued with a laugh; "It's nice to say that we are busy these days. We just put out a new single on April 30 and we're kind of doing it the way the industry is going right now; you give away half the CD as singles and then the CD comes out (laughs). So, yeah, we're going to release a few singles first to just try and ease us back into things and that seems to be kind of the norm right now from what I see; whether it's John Mayer or Royal Blood; it's amazing. I mean you're talking five singles before the record comes out and you have half a released record and half not. I think it's the A.D.D mindset really setting in; the beautiful thing about making a record is that it could be a cohesive piece like the concept albums used to be and that's where I feel like it is just going away because you have to go into it today with a mindset that every song is a single. Man, times are changing again and it's a daily thing and you just have to roll with it. There's great bands doing stuff out there but it is certainly harder to access and it is certainly not in the forefront."

Like the rest of the world, things ground to a halt for Douglas and the band over the last year and as is the case with many other artists they have used their time away from the stage to get creative.

"Honestly, the machine shut down and it took a bit to adapt that; not being locked into a schedule or the calendar book and obviously it took a little bit to adapt to that but once I got used to that I thought; let's make the most of it. I spent time with my fiancé and my dog and it was nice to relax and then I thought, I've got to do something or I'm going to go nuts. Then the writing began and we went into the studio and recorded four tracks, about half of a record so we have four done already. We started sending ideas back and forth to each other and there might be another solo record in the future; there was a lot of music written in our down time."

So, with half an album recorded, the decision was made to release "Broken" along with a video to accompany the single and it just so happens that they found the perfect location; even if the cold temperatures upstate were less than ideal. 

"We worked with an awesome director who we've worked with in the past, his name was Jonathan Edwards. There was this old theater which is currently being restored in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where we are from; The Irem Temple Performing Arts Theater and back in the day it was "The spot" and after years and years of it not being used it was kind of dilapidated. So, I thought it was the perfect scene for the vibe, a broken-down theater; "Broken" being the single. We went in there and I do believe it was one of the coldest days (laughs), I believe it was warmer outside than it was inside and we did about a 13-hour shoot; although I felt like I needed my feet amputated at times the result was pretty good (laughs) and it was released first on "Rock Blues and Muse" and then worldwide." 

So; how did they discover such a location?

"Ironically, I was scrolling through Instagram and a photographer who we worked with named Brittany Boote was down there taking pictures for something to do with The Irem Temple restoration project and I saw the pictures and we were starting to get ideas for shooting a video and thinking about locations but nothing was really wowing us and she put up pictures and I sent her a text saying; where are you? What is this? Fortunately the director that we were going to work with was friends with the head of the restoration project and it all worked out and there's nothing better when that happens." 

When asked about a potential release date for the upcoming record, Douglas was confident it will be later in 2021.

"I would say in the fall; I know that after "Broken" we are going to release another single pretty quickly, probably about two months after so we can get something out there and keep things moving; we have a few working titles but nothing yet."

Featuring a true blues line-up; the band consists of three members and as the calendar turns from Spring to Summer; things are heating up for the unit.



 
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"We are a power trio with myself at the helm doing vocals and guitar, Matt "The Dane" Gabriel on bass guitar and Tommy Smallcomb on the drums. I couldn't ask for a better rhythm section, they hold it down and I'm excited to say that we have quite a busy schedule coming up over the next few months. We celebrated the release of the single on May 1 at The Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania which is a beautiful little theater. We've got a few things that are crackin', a hometown show here at a club called Karl Hall and that's an outside series; the phone has been ringing and the calendar has been filling up and that's a beautiful thing and it's a good thing to be coming back." 

With no tour on the horizon just yet; they have booked a series of local shows near their home town of Wilkes-Barre; to discover more about those dates or more about Dustin Douglas and The Electric Gentlemen, please visit www.dustindouglasmusic.com .

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!



This week's event listings


Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252
Wed. 7 p.m. Jessica DiDonato
Arts Council of Princeton     
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-8777  
Sat. 7 p.m. "Cafe Improv" feat. Eric Sommer
Bowman's Tavern     
1600 River Road New Hope, PA     
(215) 862-2972     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Alex Otey
Wed. 6 p.m. Neil Podgurski
Broken Goblet Brewing   
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA   
(267) 812-5653   
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. "5th Annual 80's Party" feat. Mike Estabrook and his BMX BANDits. 
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic w/ Cara Cartney 
All Shows 21+
Carpool Cinema
204 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 483-5237 
Sat. 8 p.m. "Abominable." Lot opens 7:30 p.m.
Championship Bar   
931 Chambers street Trenton   
(609) 396-5457  
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb   
Ages 21+
Clubhouse at Mountain View
 (The Patio)
850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing  
(609) 771-0400  
Fri. 6 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd. 
COARadio.com     
125 South Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. various artists and Dave Caponetto of The Live Test Show
Cooper's Riverview 
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton 
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. 7 p.m. Deep Release
Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" feat. Jerry Monk (8 p.m.) Ear Candy
Sat. 8 p.m. Spare Parts
Sun. 11 a.m. " Sunday Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov 
Mon. 7 p.m. "Sunny Monday Blues Jam" and Country Music Night
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark
Wed. 12 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays'
All Events Ages 21+
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA 
(215) 295-4838 
Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Music Night 
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo 
Dempster's Pub
437 Pine Street Mount Holly
(609) 261-0500
Fri. 6 p.m. Random Notes Duo
Dog & Bull Brew House     
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.     
(215) 788-2855     
Fri. 6 p.m. Box Of Books
Sat. 5 p.m. Eddie
Sun. 4 p.m. Brian Elliot
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-1220
Fri. 8 p.m. Paul Wiese
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian & Mindy
German American Society   
215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton   
(609) 585-5200   
Sat. 3 p.m. "6th Annual Dubs In The Shrubs" Camp Out, Car Show and Swap Meet. 
Sun.3 p.m. "6th Annual Dubs In The Shrubs" Camp Out, Car Show and Swap Meet. 
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781
Thurs. 7 p.m. Weekly Corn Hole Tournament
Fri. 6 p.m. "Happy Hour" w/  (TBA)
Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Family Fun Night w/ "Gina the Balloon Girl" 
Greenhouse  
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 693-1657  
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musicians Night Out" Hosted by Lovelight 
Sat. 9 p.m. Joe Hoyer and Mark Sacco
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Sam Ryan
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne Dunlevy
Grounds For Sculpture   
80 Sculptors way Hamilton   
(609) 586-0616    
Thurs. 10 a.m. "Spring Blooms" 
Sat. 10 a.m. "Member Mornings" "Spring Blooms" 
Havana New Hope 
   
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.     
(215) 862-9897    
Sun. 4 p.m. The Sensational Soul Cruisers
HG New Hope Pizza
6510 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 862-1740
Sat. 6 p.m. Stranger Things
Hopewell Valley Vineyards     
46 Yard Avenue Pennington     
(609) 737-4465     
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Sahara Moon 
Sat. (1 p.m.) Acoustic Road (2 p.m.) Wayne Freitag Outdoor Art Show (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. DC Duo
Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Band
Iron Plow Vineyards     
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus     
(732) 306-9111  
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Mario and Frank
Sat. 2 p.m. Bob O 
Ivy Tavern     
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton     
(609) 888-1435     
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. "Thursday Night Dance Party" 
Sat. 8 p.m. Kevin Toft and The Alternators
All shows 21+    
Killarney's Publick House     
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton    
(609) 586-1166    
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Girls Night Out" w/ Radio Fiction
KUO Social
2360 Route 33 Suite 106 Robinsville
(609) 208-9988
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. The Blue-Eyed Balladeer
Laurita Winery     
85 Archertown Road New Egypt     
(609) 752-0200   
Fri. 6 p.m. Pasta Night "All You Can Eat." $29  
Sat./Sun. 12 p.m. "The Magic Food Truck Fair" $8 (Kids age 12 and under FREE)
McGuinn's Place     
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence     
(609) 392-0599    
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke      
Ages 21+     
More Than Q 
13 Klines Court Lambertville 
(609) 773-0072
Sat. 2 p.m. Sam Ryan
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "The Fantasticks" 
Sat./Sun. 3 p.m. "The Fantasticks" 
New Egypt Flea Market Village
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge
(609) 758-2082
Sun. 8 a.m. Spring Crafters Market
Mon. 5 p.m. Full Moon Market 
New Hope Winery    
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA   
(215) 794-2331   
Fri. 8 p.m. PettyBreakers (Tom Petty Tribute)
Sat. (1 p.m.) Foreigners Journey (8 p.m.) Highway Run (Journey Tribute)
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Sat. 7 p.m. Sarah Heine
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA
(215) 637-5151
Thurs. 6 p.m. Ray Coleman
Fri. 6 p.m. Kenny Raye Band
Sat. 6 p.m. The B-Street Band (Bruce Springsteen Tribute) 
Sun. 4 p.m. Juliano Brothers
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill
200 State Road Croydon, PA
(215) 785-6998
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Olde Liberty Tavern
2114 Liberty Street Trenton
(609) 396-2262
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Sara and The Sound
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 4 p.m. Live "Strolling" Musician
Sat.12 p.m. John Abbott Trio
Sun 4 p.m. The Suyat Band
Pasquale's Sports Bar
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(267) 202-6268
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour feat. (TBA)
Sat. 7 p.m. DJ or Live Band Entertainment 
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Patriots Crossing     
1339 River Road Titusville     
(609) 737-2780    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"  
Princeton Country Club
1 Wheeler Way West Windsor
(609) 452-9382
Sat. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Trivia
River Horse Brewing Company
2 Graphics Drive Ewing
(609) 883-0890
Sat. 2 p.m. "Summer Kick Off"
Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza
10 Schalks Crossing Road Plainsboro
(609) 799-4554
Fri. 7 p.m. The Blue-Eyed Balladeer
Rosedale Mills
101 Route 31 North Pennington
(609) 737-2008
Sat. 1 p.m. Outdoor Line Dancing. $10 (Rain date Sundays 12 p.m.)
Temperance House     
5 South State Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 944-8050     
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney 
Terhune Orchards  
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton  
(609) 924-2310  
Sat. 1 p.m.  "Weekend Music Series" feat. Brian Botnick
Sun.1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Billy O'Neal & Andy Koontz
The Beer Garden at Snipes Farm   
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA   
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music at Snipes Farm Spring 2021" feat. Steal Your Peach w/ Ron Holloway / Wes Knorr. Gates at 5 p.m., $25
The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA
(215) 396-2002
Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk
Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Danny Lynch Project
The Cool Cricket     
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro     
(609) 291-9110     
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke  7 p.m. The Gyrl Band Reunion Concert
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Asylum Choir
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA
(215) 942-4000
Fri. 9 p.m. The Kickbax Trio
The Morrisville Tavern
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Fri. 7 p.m. Dan Ward
Mon. 7 p.m. "Country Night" 
The Sycamore Grill     
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 908-6326     
Sat. 8 p.m. Plush Duo
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)     
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.     
(215) 862-8300     
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia   
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage 
All shows 21+   
Vault Tap Room
19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA
(267) 907-8550
Thurs. 7 p.m. Comedy Night w/ Tommy Gooch
Fri. 6 p.m. Brick Acoustic Duo
Sat. 6 p.m. Easy Driver
Water's Edge Gastropub and Lounge
1067 Totem Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-2095
Thurs. 7 p.m. Cornhole "Blind Draw." $10 
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Spring Into Summer" Vendor Event  (7 p.m.) "Comedy on the Crick" 
Sun. 12 p.m.  Drag Brunch
Wed.7 p.m. Drag Bingo & Karaoke
Working Dog Winery     
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown     
(609) 371-6000 
Sat. 1 p.m. Williamsboy
Sun. 2 p.m. Brooke DiCaro
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" 
 


Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.


originally published: 05/20/2021


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