Marty Rigby

Marty Rigby

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Blue Pie Artist Marty Rigby is a singer/songwriter, producer & band leader that is available as an acoustic solo, duo or with a full band. Whether performing B.B. King, Crosby, Stills, Nash or his own compositions, he channels the power and emotion of every song with his distinct voice and guitar.

Biography

The bars of the Texas Gulf Coast were the musical proving ground for Blue Pie Records Artist Marty Rigby's voice and guitar. He worked these venues as singer/songwriter and band leader performing for the blue collar masses the songs recognized by the shrimpers, bikers and refinery workers in the ports along the Third Coast. Whether it was songs by B.B. King, Crosby, Stills, Nash or his own compositions, Marty delivered each one with power and heart.
As a child, the songs of Motown and the British Invasion blasted through his Transistor 8 Radio in the '60's and built his sense of melody and form. He picked up the guitar at age six and got serious about it at age eight! He taught himself how to read sheet music that he bought from the “Five & Dime” and learned to sing and play his favorite songs. He played his first paying gig while still in high school. He was introduced to the blues and embraced the primitive heartbeat of music as he learned “The Groove”. He studied classical and jazz guitar to hone his chops and almost immediately transformed his new knowledge into uniquely original compositions of his own. He joined BMI as a songwriter in 1982 when Hacienda Records in Corpus Christi, Texas released The Little Ducks from Mars recording, “Growing Up Too Fast”.
He moved his family to Austin, Texas in 1989 hoping to focus on his original songs. He struggled to make a new start and worked as a music store manager before he found the perfect day gig. He became audio engineer and composer for Media Sound, part of Television Group a major production and advertising company. He composed music for radio, TV and video as well as performed the daily audio functions of a fully engaged production company. He edited and mixed all of the on air commercials for Willie Nelson's “Buy My Memories” releases during the same period and worked as audio engineer with Radio DJ and Producer Larry Monroe creating shows for Willie Nelson's, “Outlaw's for Peace” radio programs. These programs were broadcast worldwide on shortwave radio and featured Texas singer/songwriters like Butch Hancock, Tom Pacheco and Calvin Russell. He continued to write and perform locally with his band The Essentials during this period yet never recorded any of his own songs.
Marty toured the Netherlands with his good friend Johnny Tequila in 2000. As an acoustic blues duo they made their first appearance at the Amsterdam Blues Festival that March. They played the next 27 nights all through the Netherlands delivering the blues with a Texas growl! Back home after the tour, Marty and his kids put together a family trio called “Red” that featured his daughter Dabney (lead vocals) and his son Naiman (harmonica). They worked together until 2004 when Marty started booking live entertainment for Top of the Ritz on 6th St in Austin, Texas. He created a four piece house band for that club that included himself, his son Naiman (harmonica), James Bullard (bass guitar) and Alex the Bartender (drums).
At the end of 2009, the work on a long overdue CD of Marty's originals started taking shape. By March of 2010, Marty, Mike Gersmann (drums) and Chip Dill (bass), begin rehearsing parts for Marty's original songs. The first four songs were produced at Jumping Dog Studio in Austin, Texas with owner/engineer Ron Flynt at the helm. The results were inspirational! Marty is currently in the studio with Jay Hudson of Jay Hudson Audio producing the final tracks of his CD.

Marty just placed as a Semi Finalist in the 2011 UK Songwriting Contest with "Short Story" and was signed by Blue Pie Productions USA. Marty's new CD will be released on Blue Pie this fall.

Lyrics

Freak

Written By: Marty Rigby

Verse:
Ain’t no one gonna stop me now, ain’t no one gonna hold me back,
I done taken that first big step baby, I done jumped right on out of that crack.
At first they wouldn’t give me a glance,
At first they wouldn’t give me a chance
‘Cause my hair was too long, my clothes were ragged
And my eyes were a little too red, red, red, red.

Bridge:
Well no one’s gonna stop me now ‘cause I got mine.
I’m winning my life, give me time, time, just a little more time.

Verse:
Freak, was the word they used to describe their curiosity,
But Freak didn’t hurt me at all ‘cause being freak was fine with me.
Now my hair is cut and my beard is shaved but freak still kinda hangs around,
I can fit into to their society but freak keeps me from being down, down, down, down.

Bridge:
Well no one’s gonna stop me now ‘cause I got mine.
I’m winning my life, give me time, time, just a little more time.

Copyright Blue Pie 2011 & Marty Rigby, BMI

What You Know Is Right

Written By: Marty Rigby

Verse:
Stiff fingers and a hurtin’ back I’ve been at work all day
And that’s a fact Jack.
Didn’t stop for a beer didn’t even say goodbye to the boys.
I got a woman in the kitchen yeah she’s right at home,
She’s got a hot cooked meal and my bath water drawn,
And without that girl you know I’d never make it on my own.

Bridge:
It gets easy when the loving’s good
When you got what you want and you’re doing
What you know you should.
It gets hard when all you do is fight,
Well it just ain’t worth it lest you’re doing
What you know is right.

Verse:
I’ve got a country band on the weekend you know
We play a little bit of blues and a whole lot of soulful
Music makes the people want to dance
When they come out at night.
I take that woman with me right on up to the club
I sit her right down front so I can feel the love
And when I sing my song, I sing my song just right.

Bridge:
It gets easy when the loving’s good
When you got what you want and you’re doing
What you know you should.
It gets hard when all you do is fight,
Well it just ain’t worth it lest you’re doing
What you know is right.

Copyright Blue Pie 2011 & Marty Rigby, BMI

Short Story

Written By: Marty Rigby

Verse:
First year, hopes here, books that strain your mind
Working with your rhymes, is it now the time…
Rain comes, you run but your heart is still to weak
You still aren’t on your feet, is it time to speak,
You better say it now or hold your peace,
Think about what you’re saying then speak go on…and speak.

Bridge:
Life is still opening, Lovers are still eloping
And the roads are too many to choose,
Well you tell yourself to settle down
But your heart just won’t break down
Long enough to change from your traveling shoes.

Verse:
Love games refrain but no you fell right in,
You’re broken once again it’s time to know your friends.
Two years, less tears, schemes now fill your brain,
Money is your aim, can you bear the strain?
You know it’s gonna be hard to bear the pain,
Think about what you’re doing and can you bear the strain?

Bridge:
Life is still opening, Lovers are still eloping
And the roads are too many to choose,
Well you tell yourself to settle down
But your heart just won’t break down
Long enough to change from your traveling shoes.
Long enough to change...
Long enough to change...

Copyright Blue Pie 2011 & Marty Rigby, BMI

Right Now

Written By: Marty Rigby


Verse:
It ain’t nothing to you babe but it’s everything to me,
I got a simple heart darling you’re just crazy as you can be
I’m standing on the edge babe you’re waiting for me to fall
I’m doing all I can baby and you’re doing nothing at all.

Bridge:
So right now, I’m gonna teach you to sing the blues
Right now, you’ve got to learn to pay your dues.
Right now, you don’t know how to sing the blues.

Verse:
It may be my problem, it may be my fault
Cause you’ve been pushing and shoving baby for everything I got
It’s time I take a stand now, so look out I’m coming at you
You better plant your feet, you better grit your teeth
You’re gonna see what the blues can do.

Bridge:
So right now, I’m gonna teach you to sing the blues
Right now, you’ve got to learn to pay your dues.
Right now, you don’t know how to sing the blues.

Copyright Blue Pie 2011 & Marty Rigby, BMI

Discography

"Rigby's 40 Years & 40 Nights" currently in production.

Finished songs available at my website:

"Freak"
"What You Know Is Right"
"Short Story"
"Right Now"

Set List

CALDONIA - B.B. King
THINK ON THE GOOD THINGS - Rigby
GRANDPA - Rigby
WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT - Rigby
WHAT OLD SOLDIERS KNOW - Rigby
TEXAS FAMILY - Rigby
POLITICIAN - Rigby
RIGHT NOW - Rigby
SHORT STORY - Rigby
FREAK - Rigby
ISSUES - Rigby

KING OF THE ROAD - Roger Miller
I NEED YOUR LOVE - Rigby
TOO DAMN MAD TO BE SWEET - Rigby
LEVEL OF PAIN - Rigby
JESTERS - Rigby
LEESHORE - David Crosby
NATURE'S WAY - Spirit
DROVE OLE DIXIE DOWN - Levon Helm
CAN'T DO THAT - Beatles
UNTIEABLE KNOT - Rigby
LONG WAY TO GO - Rigby