okay so I was invited to go check out Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby tonight at the Lawrence D'Arabie bar in Chalus. It finally occurred to me to click around the internets a bit and see what was up ... lo and behold, these are no ordinary knocking around France musician/band members. Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric are bona fide artists (I should probably be embarrassed at not recognizing them earlier ... and it isn't like they need me writing on my blog to make that fact known, I'm sure) both individually in their own right, and as an act ... I am psyched to have the opportunity to see them in person. Not to mention they are also apparently some sort of Francophiles, since they live here.
On a side note, since I just moved here from Portland Oregon USA and that is where their next gig is, I thought I'd give a heads-up to my Oregon friends and readers ... Go check them out, if you can, at the East End in Portland on August 28th. and then come back and tell me what you thought. Or blog about it. or whatever.
For the rest of my American readers, check out their U.S. Tour dates on their myspace.com site and listen to a sample of their sound here . States included as of this writing: Oregon, Washington, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin!), Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, Ohio (Cleveland, L'Ennui!), Illinois, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. They move on from there to the United Kingdom. Virtually covering a vast panoply of my blog readers. Get thee to these shows, readers!
I found this description of the two and now I am CERTAIN they are my kind of people:
Combining several decades of acclaimed records and failed relationships, Eric ("maverick genius" Record Collector) and Amy ("poet laureate of bohemian domesticity" Memphis Flyer) join together to play their should-be, could-be and has-been hits, accompanying each other with harmonies, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards and beatbox.
This is going to be a very cool evening. I can feel it.
(image from Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby's mypsace.com site, hopefully I haven't broken any laws)