Heaven EP

by Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates
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Time Machine EP

by Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates
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Photo: Alexis Faye

Photo: Alexis Faye


Tucker Riggleman doesn’t quit.

The Appalachian singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist (best known as a founding member of regionally influential bands The Demon Beat, Prison Book Club and Bishops) has survived over a decade of heavy touring and hard work in the music scene. A fixture in the D.I.Y. community, from managing an indie label to running a booking agency, Riggleman has kept his solo material close to the chest over the years, often letting his other projects take center stage. The time has come for that to change.

Upon leaving his home state of West Virginia, Tucker found himself not too far down the highway in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he began tracking the fourth full-length record for his garage rock band Bishops. Working closely with engineer and producer Eric Shy at Hotel Appalachia, Riggleman decided to push his boundaries by including some songs that stepped outside the wheelhouse of Bishops and their previous material. Enlisting the help of Bishops drummer Payden Kimble and local pedal steel aficionado Jason Summer (Dogwood Tales, Uncle Bengine & The Restraining Orders), these songs began to take a different shape. The result is a four song EP of those songs Riggleman kept close for so long, waiting for the perfect opportunity to let them shine.

With an expected move back to his home state in 2019 fueled by renewed purpose and passion, Tucker is ready to share his best work yet – the Time Machine EP by Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates. Full of twang, heart and just enough grit, this debut offering is sure to find a home with fans of alt-country and good old-fashioned rock and roll. While it is certainly an evolution of his previous solo material, there is no denying this feels like a fresh start with the promise of something bigger and better for Riggleman and his music.

Tucker has shared bills with musical acts like Mike Watt (of Minutemen), Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements), Ty Segall, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Lost Dog Street Band, Future Islands, Cory Branan, JEFF The Brotherhood, Local H, Pujol, Joey Cape (of Lagwagon), David Dondero, Rozwell Kid, and many more.

Tucker Riggleman // guitar, vocals
Blake Cramer // bass, vocals
Mike Tivis Clark // drums




“Riggleman's guitar has ranged far and wide across the rock spectrum -- including in the existential howl of his old band Bishops -- and though each of these songs hits home with a heavy punk beat, Time Machine's pervasive steel guitar seems to recall Riggleman's roots. Time Machine might not have much hope for the present, but it definitely cements Riggleman as a jack of all trades -- and I hope a future for the Cheap Dates.”

"Time Machine, his latest EP, features the same heartbroken, detail oriented song craft, but the production is lusher,featuring a tight rock'n'roll bar band/power-pop sound, a little countrified by a weepy pedal steel...to make some fairly trite but complimentary comparisons, if you like The Replacements and The Drive-By Truckers, you will like this EP."

Soft Shake “I was immediately captivated by the lightly fuzzed guitars, driving rhythms, and
clever lyrics. To my ears, the ep blends the raucous, restless urgency of garage
rock with confident confessions of vulnerability…the “Heaven” EP captures
Riggleman’s lyrical ability to express what he sees when looking inward while the
Cheap Dates restlessly deliver the news to your ears.”

Holy Crap Records Podcast “Great American garage rock and a small town West Virginia howl. The voice is worth
playing this song over and over - and then there's the assessment from an honest man
that - he couldn't maintain his self-destructive days. It's the song of everyone born
in a small town and daring to leave, of everyone who dares to be bigger than
themselves. This is American rock-n-roll.”