Clientele Art Studiowill be hosting local twang-rock bandTuckerRiggleman & The Cheap Dates and celebrated Morgantown songwriter William Mathenyfor an evening of music on Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m.
After only playing a handful of shows during the COVID-19 pandemic over the past couple of years, Tucker Riggleman and his band The Cheap Dates are eager to kick off their run of July shows with an appearance in his new hometown. Riggleman, who was born and raised in Hardy County and spent many years in Shepherdstown out in Jefferson County, relocated to Wheeling in February of 2021.
While he might be new to Wheeling, Riggleman is no stranger to the West Virginia music scene. He has been active in multiple regionally influential bands over the past 15 years, including garage rockers The Demon Beat and alt-country outfit Prison Book Club, which he co-founded with acclaimed songwriter John R. Miller.
Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates released their debut record Alive and Dying Fast in January of 2021 on Charlottesville, Virginia label WarHen Records. Grammy-nominated recording engineer Duane Lundy tracked and produced the record in Lexington, Kentucky. The album was well-received, with many music writers citing Riggleman’s evolved songwriting and the band’s seamless blend of country and rock n’ roll as strengths.
Subscribe to Weelunk
William Matheny has been an active West Virginia musician for even longer than Riggleman. The lyrical wit and classic melodies of his 2017 album Strange Constellations garnered praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, and others. His songs are often rooted in his Mountain State upbringing, with lyrical mentions of Moundsville and Mannington, among others. Matheny will open the show with a solo performance before The Cheap Dates close out the evening.
Clientele Art Studio is located at 43 15th St. in East Wheeling. Admission to the show is $10. Learn more about
Copies of Alive and Dying Fast by Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates are available on vinyl from local record store Nail City Record.