Amy is a member of the Radio Free Song Club, a group of songwriters who compose under a deadline – they have to deliver a song a month. Other members include Laura Cantrell, Peter Holsapple, and Amy Rigby.
When the songs are played live, apart from exchanging e-mails, they’ve been played through live maybe once, if at all, usually right before the show. I’m not a musician, but I’ve long realized that Amy is a person that musicians want to play well for. Check out the playing on her albums The Maudlin Years or Sad Girl if you doubt it.
In this clip from a taping for an upcoming Radio Free Song show, Dave Schramm and company wanted to be sure they got it right.
By the way, no less a personage than Elvis Costello called Maudlin Years, one of the “top 500 albums of all time”.