AMY WIGTON "MOSTLY JONI"
Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 6:30 pm
Amy Wigton presents “Mostly Joni.” Performing with Amy is bassist Robin Hildebrant, whose virtuosic fretless playing recalls the legendary Jaco Pastorius. Together they capture the timeless beauty, heartfelt passion, and musical mastery of one of the most poetic and influential singer-songwriters, Joni Mitchell. Wigton is an indie singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist. Described as having the soul of a rocker and the heart of a folk troubadour, she has shared the stage with such artists as, Jefferson Starship, Norton Buffalo, Louden Wainwright III, Dave Mason, Jesse Colin Young, The Waybacks, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Pablo Cruise, Tommy Castro, Beth Nielson Chapman, Roger McGuinn and John Stewart.
A native of Oberlin, Ohio, her musical influences are very diverse. She grew up listening to the popular Detroit radio station CKLW which was the home and birthplace of Motown. She also enjoyed listening to Peter, Paul and Mary as well as her older brother’s Doors, Chicago and Jimi Hendrix albums. At 14, she began teaching herself to play guitar and was influenced by such artists as Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt. From funk to folk Amy’s musical influences inject themselves into her music.
At 19, Wigton left home and ventured to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she began playing in the local coffee houses. She later traveled to France and Italy and played as a street musician. When she returned to the states she began recording with producer, engineer, partner and now husband, Manny LaCarrubba at the Plant Recording Studios, where she spent many years honing her chops as a recording artist.
In the early ’90s she signed an artist deal with Moltoforte Music and worked with seasoned pros Robin Sylvester (Beach Boys, Ry Cooder) on Bass, John Mader (Uptones, Booker T. Jones, Mariah Carey) and Latin/Jazz guitarist Tom (Edwards) Duarte. Their first performance together was at the prestigious “BMI New Music Showcase” in San Francisco. After parting ways with Moltoforte, Amy continued as an independent artist and is currently working with drummer Dave Tavel, bassist Robin Hildebrant and guitarist Peter Axtell.