In late 2009, Count This Penny's Allen and Amanda Rigell cancelled their cable, wrote three songs, and played at an open mic inside the wide-hewn walls of the Down Home in Johnson City, TN. Within three years, they relocated to Madison, WI, released an EP and recorded a full length at Madison's legendary Smart Studios just before the doors there closed for good.

After their national radio debut on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, their EP took the #6 spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart. This year, amidst sold-out hometown and regional shows, they're writing new songs that ring out shinier -- and sharper around the edges -- delivering on the promise of their first steps onto the stage.