Dukes County Love Affair

Dukes County Love Affair

 West Tisbury, Massachusetts, USA
BandRockHip Hop

Upbeat Blues Rock, with some Hip-Hop, pop and punk.


Dukes County Love Affair, or DCLA have been tearing up the New England music scene with their livewire performances for over three years. Hailing from Marthas Vineyard, they grew up on an island that is wrought by the duality of adrenaline fueled, celebrity laced, work-all-day-party-all-night summers, and cold, dark, storm-ridden, seemingly isolated winters. But DCLA is surely a band that has found success on the mainland and even abroad. Within a few short years, they have played along-side musicians such as Lorde, Washed Out, Deer Tick, Willy Mason, John Cruz, Dwight & Nicole, Here We Go Magic, Spank Rock, Neon Indian, Ben Taylor, Kodacrome and Badfish, among many others. After multiple residencies, and a string of concerts between Boston, Mexico and Buenos Aires, DCLA has cultivated a diverse sound blending an eclectic form of Rock, Blues, Latin Folk, Hip Hop and a Gypsy footed rhythm that is sure to induce movement.

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 cure the boredom that can set in on the long harsh winters of 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. Their friend Jesse Sylvia, a poker player turned venture capitalist put up the loot for their first self-released LP entiled: "How Do They Shine." Adding Phil DaRosa on Bass soon thereafter, their music drifted over the fields and through the woods and eventually all over the US. 

Mike Parker was exposed to to the world of performance and entertainment early on. Born in the Florida Keys to a family that at one point even ran an actual traveling circus, Mikes lyrics contain the wisdom of a worldly traveler, someone who has seen life first hand and is not afraid to share his take on it. Combining diverse backgrounds, united by a common love for the place that they live, DCLA at its core is a group of friends just having fun creating music.


High Sky - 2013
Engineered, mixed & Mastered by: Phil daRosa

Ghost Town Sessions - 2012
Recorded and mixed by: Greg Ashley
Mastered by: Phil daRosa

How Do They Shine - 2011
Engineered by: Philip daRosa
Mixed by: Matthew Cullen