© Dukes County Love Affair 2016
Dukes County Love Affair, or “DCLA” hail from Martha’s Vineyard, an island where isolated winters melt into vivid summers, and everyone becomes accustomed to the rhythm of the seasons. They bring these rhythms to their music -- many of their lyrics reflect their experience living in such a unique place. But DCLA is surely a band that has found success on the “mainland” and even abroad. They have played alongside musicians such as G.Love, Ben Taylor, Deer Tick, Willy Mason, St. Lucius and Walk The Moon, in cities and towns across the country. DCLA have cultivated a diverse sound that blends rock, blues, Latin folk, and hip hop, and provokes dancing in their audiences without fail.
Born in a moment of serendipity when three high school friends ran into each other during a boat ride back home, the music began as a way to combat the restlessness that often sets in during quiet winters on the Vineyard. Vocalist Mike Parker, guitarist John Ripley, and drummer Jaime Greene, began playing in a shack in the woods, eventually moving to a space above a piano shop. The band recorded their first LP, How Do They Shine, in the studio of local musician Phil daRosa. daRosa soon joined the band as their bassist, and recorded their second album as well -- an EP titled Ghost Town Sessions -- at his studio, The Print Shop. The band has also just released their 3rd EP 'High Sky', which has been getting traction around the Northeast, and they will be touring this Spring and Summer to support it.