Last Saturday (April 19) was Record Store Day, and Jimmy Barrett and the rest of the fine folks at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy did it up right, hosting a free, indoor/outdoor doubleheader concert, in addition to offering a big batch of Record Store Day exclusive merch – including the “Bubbles in the Think Tank” colored-vinyl EP and cool seven-inchers by Velvet Underground and Jimi Hendrix from the fine folks at Coxsackie’s Sundazed Music.
The live music was flowing, too, with Nippertown garage-rockers the Mysteios kicking off the afternoon’s festivities with a sneak peek at their upcoming new CD, Planet Action, during an outdoor performance on the sidewalk in front of the store. The celebration moved inside for a fine set by the fab couple Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric that included Rigby’s rockin’ “Dancing With Joey Ramone” and, of course, Eric’s vintage Stiff Records classic, “Whole Wide World.”
Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric (photo by Al Goldberg)
Two delightfully idiosyncratic singer-songwriters from opposite sides of the globe have joined forces to make music that’s even a bit more left of center than what they do individually.
Having flown over from their home in France, the husband and wife duo of Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby stepped up to the microphones at Valentine’s Music Hall on Tuesday night to kick off their U.S. tour. There were no more than two dozen people in the audience.
As they sang later in the evening during “Here Comes My Ship”: “It’s such a shame.”
And it probably would have been enough to make any sane folks jump right back on a plane and go home. Not these two, however…
It might be tempting to think that after just one collaborative album, the unlikely couple of Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby have run dry creatively. I mean, why else would they record an entire album of cover tunes for their sophomore outing?
Well, because they obviously love these songs, that’s why. And that comes through loud and clear on this charming, heartfelt disc.
If there’s any doubt that these are a pair of quirky music fans, just look at their selections:
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