Originally Published: July 23, 2015 8:11 p.m.
Earlier this month, on Tuesday, July 7, a pair of local musicians known as Dutch Holly, made up of husband and wife Tres Ikner and Jen Juniper, released their second EP. A project that had been in the making for a few years, the release, called "Outlaw," is quite different from their debut release.
Juniper said the recording for the release didn't begin until 2013 although the foundations were set in 2012 when Ikner said he and Juniper were invited to play a music showcase as a duo. He said the showcase went well and figured it was easier to tour as a duo.
"So we just kind of dissolved the band," Ikner said. "We started working on some stuff for the duo thing. We were also working on our live act."
Juniper said that the two can't not record and can't not work on music, whether they're playing live or not, so after becoming a duo, they started the recording, which was put on hold in 2014 after their duo live show got up and running. But in the earlier half of this year, the two of them were able to finish recording the other singles and released "Outlaw."
Ikner said the EP's name, "Outlaw," came from a song in the recording of the same name about a friend named Jesco White, who was the subject of a film called "The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia" and is known as the Dancing Outlaw. Noting that he's from where White lives in West Virginia, Ikner said he knew him due to his father working as an attorney and representing the White family quite a few times.
"When I met Tres and saw the documentary, I insisted we seek him out and go make friends with him," Juniper said. "And we did."
Juniper said she likes that she and Tres can perform and play music together. She called Ikner her favorite person to make music with as well as her favorite guitar player and one of her favorite songwriters.
Ikner seconded what Juniper said, adding that "we're lucky to be able to play music together and have a kid and have a house and a life like this. I don't think it's very often that people get to have it all. I feel like we do."
Looking to the future and what's next, Ikner and Juniper said they have some music publishing opportunities. Juniper also said that they're hoping to branch out and tour in other places. For the short term, Ikner said they see themselves going regional and playing in the Southwest and Western coast next year. But for the long term, Juniper said they'd love to tour in Europe, Asia or anywhere they're invited.
In the meantime, Dutch Holly will be playing at the Milagro Arts Center from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 24.
"Outlaw" can be found on Dutch Holly's website at www.dutchholly.com
- by Jason Wheeler. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.