NYC singer-songwriter covered by Ronnie Spector and Laura Cantrell

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Amy Rigby – Til The Wheels Fall Off

Rigby wowed plenty with her 1996 debut, Diary Of A Mod Housewife, which featured Hal Hartley’s favourite son Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo. Rigby’s literate, punchy songs are enhanced this time by country nouveau and power-pop types Ken Coomer, Duane Jarvis and Will Kimbrough, keeping her up to speed with everyone from the No Depression crew to lifestylers like Rolling Stone regulars. Standouts include US radio hit “Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again?” and “Break-up Boots”, which figure Amy as a bard of relationship mess. She’s obviously aiming higher than clique status, too, as country cat Todd Snider guests on the title cut. Those Nashville suits better watch out.