Tucker County resident Tucker Riggleman is releasing a new album with his alt-country/rock and roll band Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates. The album is called Alive and Dying Fast, and is available on vinyl from Charlottesville, VA record label WarHen Records. It also releases on all major digital outlets on Friday, January 29th.
Born and raised in nearby Hardy County, Riggleman has spent most of his adult life traveling and playing music in various bands. The Cheap Dates finds him front and center as the songwriter, singer, and guitarist. After graduating from Shepherd University in 2009, Riggleman stayed in the area until 2016 when he moved to Harrisonburg, VA for three years. In 2019 he returned to West Virginia to serve as an AmeriCorps member with local non-profit art organization ArtSpring in Thomas. He currently lives in Hendricks and works for Tucker County Community Corrections.
Fans of country music’s rowdier side will likely be drawn to the new album, as Riggleman sites acts like Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams as influences. Releasing an album amidst a pandemic without being able to tour and play live shows has proved to be a challenging new experience for the songwriter. Despite the distance and the lack of ability to perform for live audiences, Riggleman and drummer Mike Tivis Clark of Lexington, KY have maintained relevance by conducting livestreams and releasing music videos for various singles leading up to the release of the new album.