Amy Rigby has been doing her thing since she was a member of The Shams (when I first saw her) and slicing through pop mediocrity from the time she released her first solo album, the now-legendary Diary Of A Mod Housewife.  She hasn’t slowed down one bit, as proven with her latest opus, The Old Guys.

The heavy “Good Day Sunshine”-style bass into the shimmering guitar chimes opens up the album on “From to”, a lyrically witty yet touching piece; what makes this so good (let alone a strong lead-off track) is its steady propulsiveness; again, Ms. Rigby’s sense of humor shines through on “Are We Still There Yet?”, a tongue-in-cheek look back over the shoulder at the ’90’s and “Playing Pittsburgh” has very warm and muted keyboard/ringing guitar interplay mixed into a groove and some great textures along with powerful vocal gymnastics from Ms. Rigby.  Again, a gripping bass riff powers the track “Leslie”, a haunting song about a fallen soul – hypnotic and a high point; the title track has “pop single hit” written all over it; catchy, bouncy, crisp and equally thoughtful.  I love the recording-in-the-garage sound and feel of “New Sheriff” – very ’60’s and instantly grabs my attention and “Slow Burner”, at moments reminded me of The Pentangle in a few places – an elegant, slightly mysterious piece that reminds me of sparkling water.

I doubt I could really add much more to this; if you know Amy Rigby’s music, she only gets better with every subsequent release.  Whether she’s recording with her husband, the eternally-brilliant “Wreckless” Eric Goulden or solo, Ms. Rigby always delivers something meaningful and powerful.


The Old Guys will be released on Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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