WV twang rock from music scene veterans
Photos by corbin lanker
Appalachian DIY-lifers Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates turn isolation into hope on their sophomore album Restless Spirit, out on 2/17/24 via WarHen Records. Following the success of the band’s debut Alive and Dying Fast, West Virginia songwriter Tucker Riggleman channels his surroundings, influences and frustrations into the most cohesive album of his career.
With decades of collective tread on the tires, The Cheap Dates have rightfully earned their reputation as a captivating, high-energy live act. Hoping to capture some of that magic, they once again turned to Grammy-nominated producer Duane Lundy to help hone their signature goth-tinged twang rock. Restless Spirit builds upon The Cheap Dates’ previous efforts in every way, cementing them as an important voice in the worlds of alt-country and indie rock.
Tucker Riggleman is a founding member of country-rock outfit Prison Book Club (featuring John R. Miller, Adam Meisterhans and William Matheny), garage rockers The Demon Beat, indie group Bishops, and heavy punk thrashers RHIN.
Tucker has shared the stage with Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Ty Segall, Tyler Childers, Sarah Shook, Lost Dog Street Band, Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), and many other notable acts over the years.