Riley Etheridge (second to right), bandmates and "Sunday Supper" host John Platt (photo by Jeremy Rainer)
Riley Etheridge, Jr. was raised in South Carolina and spent 20 years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before settling in New York a few years ago. His latest album, Secrets, Hope & Waiting, is an intimate song cycle about an aging beauty queen told from several points of view, recorded in a converted church in New Orleans.
One of the songs, "Everything You Wanted," is a classic kiss-off and one of my ten favorite songs of 2016. Riley brought his regular band, which worked closely with him on the album, to Studio A for this session.