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ig-news-digest         friday, april 10 1998         volume 01 : number 040

                               today's subjects:
  [ig-news] emily article                          [joanie <>]
  [ig-news] emily article from the independent florida alligator  [sherlyn k]
  [ig-news] amy ray interview...  [marivel danielson <marivel@m.imap.itd.umi]
  [ig-news] ig article in ninetofive (sydney mag), 2 march 1998  [sherlyn ko]


date: thu, 9 apr 1998 15:58:34 -0400
from: joanie <>
subject: [ig-news] emily article

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally posted to the
indigo girls mailing list at  i'll grab the
article from the web and post it here in a little while...]

hey y'all! there's an emily interview in today's issue of the independent
florida alligator from gainesville. nothing really all that new in it. when
will someone ask them something original? you can read it online at if you
can't access the web and have a hankering to read the article, email me and
i'll send it to you. later!


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date: fri, 10 apr 1998 11:42:37 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] emily article from the independent florida alligator

hey folks,

here is the article that jendy mentioned, from the independent
florida alligator out of gainesville, fl.


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the indigo girls interview
by shannon colavecchio

when emily saliers, 34, and amy ray, 33, take to the o'connell center
stage tuesday night, the message from the musical duo known as indigo
girls will be simple: let's enjoy music for what it is - "beautiful,
straightforward words set to a rhythmic beat."

saliers and ray have come a long way from their decatur, ga.
elementary school and high school choir. it has been 18 years since
the two women began singing professionally, but they say they have
not strayed far from the musical and spiritual roots that blossomed
during their college years at emory university.

college was where ideas were open and experiences were fresh, saliers
described in a recent interview from her georgia home.

for that reason, their performance at uf will be like coming home to
their southern roots. in her interview, saliers talked - in the
down-to-earth manner that is the indigo girls - about her roots, her
goals and her music.

you played to a smaller uf crowd at the orange and brew several years
ago. do you remember that show, and what about it?

"i remember being surprised at how big a crowd there was there in
that little courtyard. everybody was just kind of hanging out in the
courtyard, and it was real laid back. that's what we like. we've
played a lot of shows since then, but i still remember that one."

it's been reported in different magazines and newspapers that you
prefer intimate shows rather than large-scale concerts. is that

"we play a lot of mixed venues, and in the summertime we'll even play
in sheds or open fields. we mix it up, but we prefer the intimate
shows. our shows are unpretentious and kind of stripped down. we make
an effort to communicate with the audience. and i think the material
in itself kind of intimate."

is there a unique experience in playing for a college audience?

"yeah, there's something about a college audience that's less jaded.
i sometimes forget how long it's been since i graduated from college.
amy and i still have that (ideal of) sort of what music is all about
and not being tarnished by what's negative out in the world. there's
really an open spirit that you don't find in every crowd."

are you excited about coming back to uf?

"oh, i love playing in florida. it's so close to home, and it's in the
south. i like playing the colleges there."

after your 1987 indigo label album, "strange fire," things took off and
you soon after signed onto the epic label. did success happen too fast?

"the first album that came out of epic sold more than we ever imagined,
but it wasn't multi-platinum or anything. and along the way, we've
always maintained our creative freedom and control. i can't complain
about much of anything. i mean, here we still are.

we have longevity. when i think about me and amy and our experience, i
feel thankful that we haven't gotten into any of those trappings. we
don't really want hit singles - we're not after the money or anything
like that."

was it a difficult adjustment going from your independent label to

"it wasn't that much of an adjustment ... we were just presenting
ourselves as we are - just two guitars and two voices. ... when we went
out on promotional tours and talking to radio stations, it was scary at
first. i remember that being really hard, and we were away from home.
but anybody that takes a job is going to have to make adjustment, so
you've got to remember why you do what you do. as long as you remember
why, you'll be ok."

in summer 1995, you toured with the "honor the earth" and raised more
than $300,00 for native american rights. you also have addressed
homosexuality in your song lyrics. how would you describe yourselves

"we're pretty liberal across the board: pro-choice, pro-gun control,
voter registration, and we support the zapatista movement in mexico.
we're basic far lefties."

there have been instances where you were criticized, especially in your
southern hometown area, for being gay. how have you dealt with that?

"i know people are still people getting beat up and killed because
they're gay. that kind of stuff just tears at my heart, and we'll keep
working at it."

you have performed with the lillith fair recently organized by sarah
mclachlin and still going strong. what was that like in terms of
empowerment for female singers?

"completely empowering, lots of fun, just a completely non-competitive
atmosphere. i think it was the most successful tour of its kind as far
as large tours go. it gave a lot of women a chance to be heard.
no promoter can ever say again two women can't be put on the same bill.
that's just crazy. but it was all of us- jewel, joan osborne and
everyone just hanging out backstage, hearing everybody sing.
it was just a big party."

you mention in a past article missing home and church. how have you
dealt with the conflict between your sexuality and the conservative

"i see a lot of struggle in the church. i grew up in the methodist
church. one day, churches are going to look back and it's going to be
like, how was it ever that we didn't ordain and accept gay people? my
father is a professor of theology and a minister, and he loves me as
much as if i were straight.

i just think we have to learn, and learn to accept. it's just an
evolution, and it is hurtful at times, but it's a movement. i have
faith that in time, most people will come around."

has your music changed much since you began singing professionally with
amy in 1980 in high school?

"basically, we're still just songwriters. we've tried to add instruments,
which changes the spectrum of your sound. we feel much more free to
experiment musically, so it's grown, but not much.

sometimes i wish i could reinvent myself, but i just haven't been able to
do that myself, for whatever reason. i think we still sound like indigo
girls, no matter what."

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   "when i look around i think this, this is good enough,
    and i try to laugh at whatever life brings.
    'cos when i look down, i just miss all the good stuff,
    when i look up, i just trip over things..."   - ani difranco

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date: fri, 10 apr 1998 00:29:24 -0400
from: marivel danielson <>
subject: [ig-news] amy ray interview...

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at]

i've been meaning to post this forever, and in the spirit of end of semester
procrastination, i've finally typed it up.  it was done by a local staff
on a small fargo, nd newpaper, so i figure there little chance that most of
have seen it before.  it's not as earth shattering as the curve interview, but
interesting nonetheless.  and it's a little long, so i'm going to do it in two
parts.  the second will come early saturday morning.  if anyone has huge
rejections to me posting an article of this length let me know and i'll take
individual requests on the second half.  here goes (oh, without permission of
course...don't sue me).

indigo girls: the politics of change and song
by john lamb (high plains reader--december 4, 1997)

the year was 1989 and the masses were ready for a change.  the bush
administration left much to be desired as the decade of big hair hard rock
limped to an end.  a new voice was needed.  people searched far and wide for
some kind of guidance.  in two soft georgian voices people heard something
wouldn't have expected from the 80's.  they heard honest, intellecutal voices
trying to address issues both social and political.  those voices belongf
to amy
ray and emily saliers, the indigo girls.  since then they have led the way
thought provoking and poetic songs about things that really matter.  their
based songs have attracted both fans and critics to their music and turned
on to a course of political activism.  they have been nominated for four
grammy's, winning one, and are likely to be given another nod again this year
with their much heralded new album shaming of the sun.  the indigo girls will
bring their show to town next thursday and i had the opportunity recently to
talk with amy ray about her craft as a songwriter and her carreer as a

high plains reader: you've been together for 17 years, but were really noticed
after closer to fine came out (in '89).  so you weren't exactly an overnight
success, butyour rise was rapid.  was that an easy adjustment?

amy ray: at the time, when "closer to fine" came out, we were touring with rem
and the first year of being on a major label is always kinda crazy, i've
noticed.  so for a very short amount of time it was difficult and overwhelming
and so hard to constantly keep tabs on everything and to make sure you were in
control of your career and that you weren't getting into situations that you
didn't agree with.  so it was a little hard for a small amount of time but i
think we definitely got a grip on it pretty quickly probably because of all
independent work we had done and what we knew of the industry because we had
been doing it ourselves so long, it was a much easier adjustment than most
people have.

hpr: how important is it for you to be political in your songs?  how important
is it for you to try to say something with each song?

ar: i write what i feel, and i don't feel "i have to get this across."  it's
usually like ""this is what i want to write about because it's inside of
me."  i
don't start from, "i need to write a song about uranium mining."  it's
just to be honest, but it's also important for me righ tnow to not write about
myself all the time.  i get tired of songs that are about my own problems or
unrequited love.  it just it just gets old, you know?  my biggest goal
right now
is to write about some things that are going on around me, rather than just
what's inside of me.  for us the politics and the activism are just part of
we are, and comes out in ways that we don't plan on.  it's our lives; we
wake up
felling this way.  it's important and it's going to make itself known.

hpr:  the first song on the new album, shame on you, seems more electric than
past indigo girls songs.  you've never been a classic folk act, but you've
nominated for three grammy's for modern folk recording.  is that a hindrance,
that label?

ar:  no i don't think it is.  why we're not considered a rock act is
sometimes a
mystery to me.  maybe because we were two girls with guitars, that kind of
thing: "oh, they're folk."  but i don't have a problem with it because i think
folk is important and it's more of a sensibility and community position rather
than a musical style anymore.  i think it's kind of like punk; you take the
sensibility of punk and the politics of punk, and the same of folk, and
pretty similar.  it's a grass roots thing.  it involves the spirit of
and rebellion and activism, the people's music.  and that's what we relate to,
so it's a flattering label.  the history of folk is rich, it's woody guthrie.

hpr:  do people seem surprised by that song, shame on you?

ar: because it's so electric?

hpr:  yeah.

ar:  there have been some people who wish we would just be mostly
accoustic, and
i'm sure we'll do that again.  we just want to do what we're interested in at
the time.  there were a lot of people who weren't fans before, who cam up
to us
and said, "man i'm glad you started doing electric stuff, it's so great," but
you can't please everybody, you just have to follow your heart.

hpr:  on the new album, your songs stray from being sit-down acoustic folk to
more of a hard edge.  is that one of the differences between your songwriting
and emily's?

ar:  i would say that.  but i would also say that while songs like "scooter
boys", "cut it out", or "shed your skin" are more aggressive.  but i couldn't
have done those songs unless emily had the kind of electric guitar playing she
has.  it's very funny to me, but her playing is so aggressive, so
it's a part of her that doesn't come out when she's writing songs.  but
when she
picks up an electric guitar, man, you can hear she's been listening to rage
against the machine.

hpr:  but at the same time does it feel good to break away from that and get
back to just you and emily playing?

ar:  we love playing alone.  sometimes it's actually more rockin' alone.
more spontaneous, and sometimes just more intense.  i couldn't do one without
the other.  they balance themselves out and give us creative energy.  they
everything fresh so that we don't get tired of it.  hopefully our audience
it too, so they don't always see us in the same light.

hpr:  i read a while back that the two of you don't necessarily hang out when
you're not performing.  in the article one of you said that if she saw the
in a bar she would say "hi", but you wouldn't necessarily hang out.

ar:  we basically write separately.  we really don't hang out much together at
home, but we're really good friends, though.   we don't travel in the same
social circles, but i like her friends and i like her.  if we haven't seen
other for a while we'll try to do something together, because we'll miss each
other.  it's good, and probably why we've been together so long.  we have our
own identities and our own roles and we respect each other. at the same
time we
have space for ourselves so that we never feel, "my god, i'm not getting to
express myself."

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date: fri, 10 apr 1998 16:55:00 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] ig article in ninetofive (sydney mag), 2 march 1998

hey folks,

i've had this lying around for awhile and just came across it
again.  this is from a sydney free magazine called ninetofive,
in issue 487, march 2 1998.

- -sherlyn

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indigirl power
it is not every day you get to meet your musical idols.  recently, donna
lewis had that very pleasure with the indigo girls who are currently
touring australia.
a folk music duo hailing from atlanta, georgia, in the deep south of the
usa, indigo girls feature amy ray and emily saliers who evoke something
out of the ordinary.

in the tradition of many great folk musicians, the indigo girls have
inherited the intangible gift of the singer/songwriter - expression
through lyric, voice and song.  whilst it is easy to become engaged with
the passion of their lyrics, the true beauty of their music lies in their
exquisite vocal harmonies.  this is also reflected in their live
performances as the indigo girls' curent tour of australia features an
acoustic two hour set.  no fancy costumes, enormous backdrops or video
clips and choreography (like some of the more extravagant acts currently
touring) - just amy and emily with their guitars and trademark harmonies.
the concert includes a mix of songs from all their albums, yet is a
little more weighted to their newer material - a freshness familiar for
this distinctive duo.

having first met at high school, saliers and ray have now been performing
together for almost two decades.  a key to their longevity is that when
not working they remain independent of each other and are able to balance
studio, touring and free time to maintain their own motivation.

after years on the road, live performances are still as a buzz as they
enjoy, more than anything, the exchange they have with an audience (in
fact, they love australian audiences!)  emily beams when she says, "every
night is special."

during my brief chat with the indigo girls recently, i was able to gain a
feel for their "down to earth" and sincere nature.  the atmosphere they
create is extremely relaxed, with no traces of a guarded face to face
interview - instead it was more like a chat with friends.

while discussing the fact that they play many associated benefit gigs,
there is no doubt that a recent trip taken to mexico has had a profound
effect on them both.  human rights issues and the hypocrisies of
governments come to the fore as amy explains.

"there are a lot of us tax dollars being used to fund the us military
which also helps to fund the mexican military budget and this in turn is
used to oppress these indigenous communities.  we (the usa) have not
spoken out as a country against these human rights violations.  we are
definitely complicit and our citizens are complicit too if they don't
speak out."  amy continues: "i mean... if you know about it, you should
say something against it!"

along with an underlying social consciousness off stage, the indigo
girls do appear to be speaking out more through their music.  their
latest cd, shaming of the sun, contains songs which have a much more
political edge than previous releases.  amy leaves us in no doubt with
such intention not only from the title of the opening track, shame on
you, but follows through a poignant lyrical message in its closing
lines: "they (the police) say we're looking for illegal immigrants can
we check your car, i say you know it's funny i think we were on the same
boat back in 1694."

on previous albums, many of emily's lyrics also focus on her own
personal journey, but in some of her new songs like get out the map and
it's alright, we get a glimpse that she has found an inner comfort and
is perhaps ready to embrace a higher calling.

whilst shaming of the sun contains strong familiar material, there is
definitely a darker feel to the music and an overall sense of urgency
emanating from within the album.  perhaps it reflects the beginning of a
new journey for both emily and amy and indeed the indigo girls.

if you only buy one cd this year make it the indigo girls latest release,
shaming of the sun released through sony music.

- - donna lewis

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= sherlyn koo - =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
   "when i look around i think this, this is good enough,
    and i try to laugh at whatever life brings.
    'cos when i look down, i just miss all the good stuff,
    when i look up, i just trip over things..."   - ani difranco

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