when we moved to wisconsin and our hearts exploded

It’s not often one falls in love in a barn, but that’s the case for me and Count This Penny. Lit by lamps and rope lights, duo Amanda and Allen Rigell filled the barn to the rafters with the intertwining of their voices. In a lineup of excellent bands they stood out – there was a genuine joy and love of music that radiated from them. This initial impression proved true – I’ve seen the Rigells in the audience of at least as many shows as they’ve played. Below is a mix of songs that have influenced Count This Penny since they moved to Madison from Tennessee.

From Count This Penny:
Songs that make up a shiny constellation in our musical sky. Most are from the past couple years. We’ve heard or played every one of these songs somewhere in Madison since summer 2010. Three of them we heard in basements or living rooms. These songs blow our damn minds. Thanks Stacey. February 2012. ❤ Allen + Amanda

01| Burning Stars by Mimicking Birds
02| These Words by Jill Andrews
03| Mama’s Eyes by Justin Townes Earle
04| Thanks for Nothing – Middle Brother
05| Listen Down by Ryan Cox
06| Boxcar by Shovels and Rope
07| Hard to Be by David Bazan
08| For Today by Jessica Lea Mayfield
09| Trouble Weighs a Ton by Dan Auerbach
10| Tour of Duty by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

On March 9th, see Count This Penny debut Civil War-inspired songs at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum, or catch them nationally when they play on the March 31st broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.