Amy Rigby at Friendly Music Community
Thursday November 16th 8:00pm
A teenage denizen of CBGB who fell in love with country songwriting, Amy Rigby started bands Last Roundup and the Shams in NYC’s East Village before launching a solo career with her instant classic album Diary Of A Mod Housewife. From a Nashville publishing deal to Little Steven’s Underground Garage Coolest Song (“Dancing With Joey Ramone”) to guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, World Cafe and Mountain Stage, Amy Rigby has never outgrown her manifesto from that 1996 debut: “She still wants to rock, and still knows how. She understands compromise, but she’s not…ready…to…give in…yet.”
Amy tackles themes often associated with country and folk— getting by; getting older— from an ardent rock music fan’s perspective. Her passion for punk, psychedelia, garage and good old songcraft spill out on record and across the stage.
A dedicated online diarist and podcaster, Rigby has contributed writing to the Village Voice, Talkhouse and Slate. Her first book, Girl To City: A Memoir was published in 2019. She lives, writes and records in Catskill, New York with her husband and sometime bandmate Wreckless Eric and tours regularly in the US and UK.
“Singer-songwriter…doesn’t fully describe Rigby’s immense gifts and her devotion to the kind of pop and rock music that singer-songwriters often neglect.” --Nashville Scene
“Funny and enticing, she is up there with the likes of Paul Simon and Randy Newman.” — New York Times
“…one of the country’s best songwriters, with a mordant wit and keen eye for emotional detail.” --Chicago Reader
Amy in the New York Times Dec 22 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/03/nyregion/musicians-hudson-valley-catskills.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/28/800071527/i-was-singing-for-my-life-amy-rigby-on-mixing-music-and-motherhoodTerry Gross for Fresh Air interview