Video premiere: Amy Rigby – ‘Tom Petty Karaoke’ (inspired by J Mascis)
Watch this! It’s absolutely brilliant. The song and the video.
Amy Rigby – one of America’s most under-appreciated songwriters, former Mod Housewife Diarist and the wife of Wreckless Eric, in a video for a brand new song (which is not on her new album The Old Guys, out on 30th November) and was inspired by a you-tube clip of J Mascis from Dinosaur Jnr singing a Tom Petty song at a karaoke bar…. so understandably Amy dresses up as J for the video.
Amy explains more about the track …
“Tom Petty is a guardian angel for me, like he was and is for many musicians. I’ve written about him on my blog a lot because anytime I’m on the road it’s like Tom is there on my shoulder, saying “that’s cool” or “you can do better”. This was true when he was alive and even more now that he’s gone. After another week of discord and divisiveness in the news, I saw a video of J Mascis singing Don’t Do Me Like That in a nearly-empty karaoke bar. I’d sung American Girl with Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express the night before and felt the power of that song reach out and lift people up. Mascis’ karaoke performance was the opposite, it was internal, like prayer. He wasn’t doing it for an audience, he was doing it for himself. I imagined I was J, strummed some American Girl chords and wrote this song.”
Download the track from here.
(Authors Note Personally, I’ve never ‘got ‘Tom Petty somehow, same as Springsteen …. I’m just too provincial and English and still believe the lie of Punk Rock I suppose – but Eric and Amy have almost convinced me to check out the mans back catalogue and I will, one day. )
Petty fans will hopefully love the song which namechecks several of Toms compositions. Amy’s latest album meanwhile …. (press release)
The Old Guys measures the weight of heroes, home; family, friends and time. Philip Roth and Bob Dylan, CD/cassette players, touring, the wisdom of age and Walter White, groupies, Robert Altman, egg creams, fellow musicians and mentors are paid tribute. Twelve songs written unmistakably by Amy and recorded by Wreckless Eric in upstate New York, The Old Guys is the sound of a good girl grown up, never giving up.
And as a bonus here is the actual video of J Mascis doing Karaoke…..
Amy Rigby UK tour dates
Wed Nov 14 – Manchester, Gulliver’s
Thu Nov 15 – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
Fri Nov 16 – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy
Sat Nov 17 – Durham, Olde Cinema Launderette
Sun Nov 18 – Hull, St. John’s
Thu Nov 22 – Worcester, Marrs Bar
Fri Nov 23 – London, Betsey Trotwood
Sat Nov 24 – Portsmouth, Elmsworth Sports Club
Sun Nov 25 – Folkestone, Lime Bar Café
Amy Rigbys Website
All words by Ged Babey except were specified.