Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby

Wednesday, June 16, at Bryan Street Tavern

Just two weeks ago, Elvis Costello stood on the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center stage, surrounded by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In front of a full house, he basked in a spotlight that has shined kindly upon him for over three decades. He'd come a long way from his punk beginnings in the '70s, when his label, Stiff Records, was home to England's most avant-garde acts.

Among the other acts on Stiff was the lesser known but equally buoyant Eric Goulden, known to the world as Wreckless Eric, whose big single, "Whole Wide World," requires the jaws of life to dislodge from one's brain. It's the snarl in his voice as he practically shouts the chorus that makes the song so catchy. But while Costello's career managed to blast off, Goulden has relied on his DIY ethic to keep his career afloat after he left Stiff Records in 1980. Along with his music, that ethic influenced acts like The Clash, The Sex Pistols and Dallas' own Salim Nourallah, who played a major role in bringing Eric and his wife, singer-songwriter Amy Rigby, to Dallas for their performance at the Bryan Street Tavern.

The purpose of the tour for Goulden is to promote his new album, Two-Way Family Favourites, a collaboration effort between him and his wife. But by bringing Eric to Dallas, Nourallah has a far bigger goal in mind: He wants to help shine a spotlight onto one of music's most overlooked treasures. And while the spotlight might not be as bright as the one that shines on Costello, the audience will almost certainly be just as reverent.

 
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