|Another photo of Will Rigby (drumming for Steve Earle in 2013)|
by Lewis J. Tezak Jr. for Upstate Live.
Some time thereafter, Will wrote the bio for The dB's that was published on the band's official site. He's been a strong supporter of this blog since I started it last year. For that reason — and since the guy is also one of the most enjoyable and fascinating musicians I've encountered — I've been wanting to feature him and his music here for some time.
|Great place to catch a show: The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C.|
This week, I close out Will Rigby Month with two posts. The first is a recent Steve Earle & The Dukes show from Dublin, Ireland. I've enhanced it with two bonus tracks: a cover of The Stones' "Mother's Little Helper", live in London on this tour with Will on backing vocals, and Will's own "Ricky Skaggs Tonite" from a recent show in Canada. Will is the longest-standing (?"longest-sitting"?) drummer that Steve Earle's Dukes has ever had. Give this show a listen, and you'll hear why.
The second post is a multimedia feast of Will Rigby's best/favorite drumming performances, courtesy of the artist himself. I recommend you explore it with the aim of discovering great music. A noteworthy f'rinstance: Cheri Knight's The Northeast Kingdom (produced by Steve Earle), which Will says is one of the all-around best projects he's ever been involved in. I'd never heard of the album or the artist. After giving it just one listen, however, I was very glad to get the tip from Will.
He's got a bunch more for you, so have a look and —
P.S. - On top of everything else, Will also writes the occasional piece about music. His latest appears on Ted Barron's blog Boogie Woogie Flu. It's a remembrance of discovering The Velvet Underground and the peculiar joy of finding an elusive musical grail. Read it HERE.