POSTED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 7:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 7:22pm
EL PASO — Meet The Iveys.
They're three siblings taking their acoustic rock sound across the country, homegrown right here, in El Paso.
As a family, Jessica, Jillian and big brother Arlen Ivey have danced around musician roles most of their lives.
"As a family we all grew up singing together, all playing musical instruments, it kind of evolved into something we decided the three of us wanted to do together," said Jessica Ivey.
Evolved is right. In 2009, Tony Rancich, producer and chief operator of Sonic Ranch studiosheard their sound and casually invited them over to record an album in Tornillo. Sonic Ranch album gems include albums for the Yea Yea Yeas, Ministry, Ely Guerra... the list is endless.
"We really were at the point where we needed to record a record, something that we could give people," said Arlen Ivey.
The Iveys self titled debut came out in 2009. They recently came back from a 2012 cross country tour for their 2012 release, "Days and Nights" produced by the nationally recognized Justin Leeah. They played 28 shows in 33 days.
But back in El Paso, fans receive the Iveys very well.
Their last ablum release party this year had an amazing turnout, and every fan got a copy of their album.
The Iveys credit the jump in musical diversity in the city for their spike in local popularity among various venues.
"I really think we need to focus and build our local scene and keep it local, and show that we are a musical city as well, and we can actually promote ourselves here as well as in other cities," said Jillian Ivey.
"I highly recommend anybody who loves live music, and there's a lot of people who enjoy live music," Arlen said. "There's a lot of people in the city who enjoy live music.. support the local music scene go out and see the shows because these artists.. they need it."
The Iveys perform again in a few weeks in downtown El Paso for a "Rock the Autism concert July 28.
"This is what I love about El Paso. You don't see it in a lot of other cities, local scene comes together to support a good cause," he said.
A special thanks to Cameron and Everett Ivey for helping out with getting the First Friday segment together.
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For more information on the Iveys, follow the links below:
All music from the 2nd studio CD can be heard at: www.reverbnation.com/theiveys  Also available on iTunes & Amazon.com.