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In Memoriam: The Dutchess and the Duke

Local folk-rock duo calls it quits.

By Laura Dannen October 11, 2010

Photo: Courtesy Samantha Updegrave.

Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison, aka the Dutchess and the Duke, have ended their folk-rock reign in Seattle this week, according to reports. The band was two years old.

Despite comparisons to Beggars Banquet-era Rolling Stones, Seattle’s rock royalty was unflaggingly modest about their pitch-perfect tone. “We’re basically just two guitars and two vocals,” Lortz said in a 2010 interview. The two met in the 1990s as teens in Maple Valley, when Morrison was dating a friend of Lortz’s. Now in their thirties, they have two albums to their credit (released on local label Hardly Art) and a dedicated fanbase who will likely turn out in droves for their farewell show at Tractor Tavern on November 26. Ziskis and Yukon Blonde will join.

Why call it quits? “[Being Dutchess and the Duke] wasn’t fun anymore,” Lortz told Seattle Weekly’s Chris Kornelis today. Sad.

The band is survived by Lortz’s new group Case Studies, which is expected to put out an album in January on Brooklyn label Sacred Bones Records.

For more on the Dutchess and the Duke, check out our article A Royal Pair.

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