Duo Don Juan reflects on their work together and hoping to release new music next summer.
Former English teacher Don Cooper and guitarist, singer, and songwriter John Dodge began their small band of two about three years ago They have been writing music together ever since.
Cooper admits it was hard to “shuck the robe of responsibility”. He didn’t believe he could make a living doing what he loved to do so he settled for something that would make him less than happy.
Now Cooper and Dodge are working on new songs and doing shows. They performed with Jackson Browne and James Taylor last summer in New York at the club Trax. Browne and Taylor have since been big supporters of the group.
“We love each other and we fight all the time,” Dodge explains. “That’s the way we work, It’s all ultimately positive…We’re writing quite a few, but it’s tough. But it’s worth it.”
They understand nobody settles for anything less than the best. The two squabble on the fine points and the creative tension builds as the group creates a new song.
Dodge claims they are recording this Spring. He says Don Juan hopes to have a product on the streets by the end of the summer.