Who: Greasy Jack & Julie
What: The Sunday Night Sound Lounge
Where: The Wild Seed (Mount Currie)
When: Sunday, March 21
Februarys gala Cultural Cabaret event launching the Celebration 2010 Whistler Arts Showcase featured an all-star lineup of local actors, musicians, ex-Olympians, cultural performers and stars of the future. Impressive performance after impressive performance proceeded like a highlight reel of the local arts and cultural scene.
Smack dab in the middle of things however, a couple of good-natured Pembie folk a grinning gal in a long fur coat and a cowboy hat and her guitar-toting male companion came out and stole everyones hearts with a lilting version of Peter Paul & Marys Leaving on a Jet Plane .
They had the room on their hook after that one so they reeled it in with a raucous blues number about a redheaded woman that garnered uncharacteristically wild applause from the refined crowd in the soft seats at MY Place.
Unquestionably, Greasy Jack and Julie Ann Rigby were a highlight of the highlight reel.
The duos easy compatibility suggests years of association, yet Rigby, a Pemberton aesthetician, reveals they only started playing together last summer.
Rigby was coming off a successful, self-promoted performance at Pembertons Pony Espresso Cafe. Shortly afterwards, buoyed by the show, she was introduced to the man that goes by Greasy Jack, a seasoned performer who bowled her over with his guitar and songwriting skills.
Despite reservations about their voices and styles being very different, the two eventually got together to jam.
"We started singing together and harmonizing and I actually started crying. And thats sort of what happened. It just totally clicked," says Rigby, who calls her partner a "creative genius."
Since then, the duo have popped up at the Crystal Lounge, the Pemberton Hotel, the Pony, the Amsterdam, the Whistler Museums opening of last falls Retro Ski-Wear exhibit, and at Tapleys Farm last Halloween. Theyre also the featured artists at this weeks Sunday Night Sound Lounge an eclectic live music night at Mount Currie restaurant The Wild Seed.
The duos repertoire runs from rockin tambourine-shakin foot stompin blues to sly purring grooves like Peggy Lees Fever , to heartfelt folksy rock like the Stones Ruby Tuesday . Theyve even stripped away the Top 40 R&B production and found a great song in the Christina Aguilera ballad Beautiful, adding Latin guitar licks and Rigbys honest vocals.
With the eccentric Greasy Jack at the helm anything is possible.
"Well do a country-blues version of Stayin Alive ," says Rigby.
For more information on The Sunday Night Sound Lounge call 604-894-5567.