After a two-decade hiatus, Gary Douglas and his eight-piece hard-rockin’ band have spent the last 18 months lighting up stages with his unique brand of rhythm and blues infused rock ‘n roll. Now he’s playing at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett tonight at 7 p.m.
Drawing on American and folk influences, the local Montauk resident packs a punch with irresistible melodies, soaring guitars and searing harmonies. During Douglas’s hiatus, he took a break from music to pursue a career in law. He is a partner in a highly successful Wall Street law firm, but for the last year and a half, the Gary Douglas Band has toured extensively, including his recently wrapped 22-city, five-week Guitar Gods 2014 tour sponsored by Guitar Center and featuring guitar icons Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot, and Yngwie Malmsteen. He also opened for Broadway’s Rock of Ages in Bryant Park and played a popular, monthly residency at The Red Lion in New York City.
Douglas was born on Long Island and has kept a home in Montauk’s Hither Woods for the past 15 years. Despite his success as a trial lawyer, the rocker said “old dreams die hard,” and he was eventually compelled to return to making music.
In September Douglas and his band will travel to Los Angeles to record a followup to their debut CD Just Another Mile, with famed producer Anthony Resta (Duran Duran, Elton John). The first track off the new EP, “Highway,” can be heard here.
Tonight, Thursday, August 28, Douglas and his band will headline a set at the Talkhouse with Toronto-born and Brooklyn-based artist Clara Lofaro at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 at stephentalkhouse.com.
To learn more about the Gary Douglas Band, visit garydouglasband.com.