And her musical sensibility is just as devil-may-care and charmingly and disarmingly frivolous. Middlescence has Raincoats stingers, balletic Brazilian pop, "Gentle on My Mind" folk, and supper-club piano torch. "I've always listened to a variety of music," Rigby says, "and lately I've felt more comfortable incorporating it all. It's really just convenience, for record stores or radio, that dictates having to be one genre or another. Most people have really varied record collections. They don't say, 'Oh my God, one song is country-rock, one song has strings!'"
For her new, as-yet-untitled record (due out this summer), Rigby, who lives in Nashville, worked with Brad Jones (Jill Sobule's producer) and Elijah Shaw (formerly of St. Louis's Three Fried Men). She's moving further into the unclassifiable, and those who attend her Friday show will get a taste of her latest pop delights, delivered by a full band. "I don't like music that excludes people by being too clever," she says. "That's what I like in books, movies and songs; I like things that allow people to come closer. That's why I like pop music; I like things that are superficial. In the NPR world, everything has to be clever, insightful and well done. But I like trash; I like it all." (RK)
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