13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Amy Rigby’s new album Til The Wheels Fall Off had yet to be released when Rigby took the stage at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina, the night of February 26, 2003, with just her acoustic guitar and that wobbly, endearing voice that makes every little moment feel like a moment of intense emotional upheaval. Her albums flesh out her desires and disappointments with playful pop arrangements but here she’s performing to a quiet, attentive audience who are confronted with an eager, sweet soul who has recorded to great critical reviews and little monetary reward. She isn’t sure at that point which of her albums is still in print as she weaves through old faves (“The Summer of My Wasted Youth,” “Knapsack,” “20 Questions”) and upcoming tunes (“Shopping Around,” “Why Do I?”). She gets her laughs. She gets her enthusiastic audience repartee. But nothing can calm the nerves under the performance or soothe the pain that brought about these impressive tunes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Amy Rigby’s new album Til The Wheels Fall Off had yet to be released when Rigby took the stage at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina, the night of February 26, 2003, with just her acoustic guitar and that wobbly, endearing voice that makes every little moment feel like a moment of intense emotional upheaval. Her albums flesh out her desires and disappointments with playful pop arrangements but here she’s performing to a quiet, attentive audience who are confronted with an eager, sweet soul who has recorded to great critical reviews and little monetary reward. She isn’t sure at that point which of her albums is still in print as she weaves through old faves (“The Summer of My Wasted Youth,” “Knapsack,” “20 Questions”) and upcoming tunes (“Shopping Around,” “Why Do I?”). She gets her laughs. She gets her enthusiastic audience repartee. But nothing can calm the nerves under the performance or soothe the pain that brought about these impressive tunes.

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About Amy Rigby

Singer/songwriter Amy Rigby first surfaced during the early 1980s as a member of the New York City-based cowpunk outfit the Last Roundup, later earning cult success with the postmodern girl group the Shams. The former wife of ex-dB's drummer Will Rigby, she made her solo debut in 1996 with Diary of a Mod Housewife, a record widely acclaimed for its vivid portraits of life as a thirtysomething single mother and its smart assimilation of pop, country, and folk sounds; Middlescence followed two years later; and The Sugar Tree was issued in fall 2000. The 18 Again anthology was released in 2002, collecting the best singles and album tracks from her first three records and putting them onto one CD. Her 2003 release, Til the Wheels Fall Off, reflected some of the flavor of her newly adopted hometown, Nashville, with guest appearances by Nashville musicians Todd Snider, Ken Coomer, Duane Jarvis, Dave Jacques, and Rick Plant. Rigby headed back to her old stomping grounds of New York City to record 2005's Little Fugitive, which features guest shots from Big Apple admirers Lenny Kaye and Dennis Diken. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Pttsburg, PA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    January 25, 1959

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