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Count This Penny


Amanda & Allen Rigell play guitar and bass, and their voices—one a bit gravelly, the other crystal clear—form gorgeous textured harmonies when paired. Allen insists he learned guitar ten years ago to impress Amanda, a high school friend and fellow Emory University student who’d already been playing for about five years. It worked. From Johnson City, eastern Tennessee, the couple know Appalachia well: it was their back yards, their front porches, and the mountain’s musical traditions which are the cornerstone of their sound. As their voices intertwine, like rivers down a mountainside, the Rigells tell stories through song. To experience them live in concert you can actually feel their genuine joy and love of music, which has undoubtedly contributed to their remarkable accomplishments in the past few years. Count This Penny’s EP reached #6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, and the band has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television’s 30-Minute Music Hour, and WDVX’s Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN. This past year, amidst sold-out hometown and regional shows, they're writing new songs that ring out even shinier -- and sharper around the edges. Don’t miss CTP: trust us, it’s well worth every penny! "There’s a warmth to the music...and a ramshackle grit." -The Daily Times "They’re masters of telling stories through song, taking on the voices of well-crafted characters—a runaway kid, a woman married to a no-good preacher man, the father of a suicide victim, or a couple reuniting after the man gets out of prison—in ways that resonate empathy. The subjects are often bleak, but the melodies and harmonies are cathartic." -Metro Pulse | Knoxville, TN

Performing Arts Type

  • Music