Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby at the Hi-Tone Café 

One of semi-pop's most unexpected recent pairings will make their third Memphis appearance this week. Brit Wreckless Eric was a lesser-known member of the late-'70s Stiff Records scene that launched the careers of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe and is most associated with his enduring single "The Whole Wide World." Yank Amy Rigby was an indie-rock wife in the '80s (married to dB's drummer Will Rigby), who launched a brilliant but under-recognized solo career in the '90s. In the past decade they found each other, becoming musical and life partners. Eric and Rigby are cult artists, and I'm not sure how much their cults intersected before they brought them together, but I'm an enthusiastic Rigby partisan. She specializes in smart, funny, concrete folk-rock songs about domesticity, under-employment, parenthood, romance, sex, and other everyday concerns, put across with a charmingly fizzy voice and bull's-eye phrasing. Her five solo albums between 1996's Diary of a Mod Housewife and 2005's Little Fugitive comprise a body of work that boasts more ace new songs in that sturdy musical vein than perhaps any other songwriter in that period. Think of her as a cross between Todd Snider and Rosanne Cash. Together, Eric and Amy released a strong if too haphazardly recorded duo debut in 2008 and have followed it up with the new Two-Way Family Favorites, a batch of covers ranging from familiar hits to more personal obscurities. Live, Rigby and Wreckless Eric will likely balance selections from their joint discography with respective solo faves. The duo plays the Hi-Tone Café Thursday, June 17th. Showtime is 10 p.m. Admission is $10. — Chris Herrington

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

This Week At The Cinema: The Good, The Bad, and The Anime

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Aaron James

Tiger Blue

Penny Hardaway: Hall of Famer?

News Blog

Horseshoe Tunica to Open Sports Betting Monday

News Blog

Memphians’ Favorite TDOT Signs

Fly On The Wall Blog

"Memphis Most" Promotion Showcases Parking Lot Under Interstate

News Blog

Memphis in May to Honor City of Memphis in 2019

Music Blog

Pure Memphis Music Series Announces Fall Lineup

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Chris Herrington

  • Last Words

    In "Enough Said," James Gandolfini makes his last lead film role his best.
    • Sep 26, 2013
  • Hayes Carll at the Hi-Tone

    • Sep 19, 2013
  • Masters of Sound

    New albums from two of Memphis’ most distinctive stylists.
    • Sep 19, 2013
  • More »

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2018

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation