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ig-news-digest       saturday, february 4 2006       volume 09 : number 007

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  [ig-news] article   [sherlyn koo <>]


date: sat, 4 feb 2006 09:48:28 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] article

hey folks,

here's an article from

you can read it online at (long url, should be all on one line):


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high contrast yielded indigo
friday, february 3, 2006

by jim beckerman
staff writer

who: indigo girls.

what: alt-folk rock.

when: 8 p.m. wednesday and 7 p.m. feb. 12, mccarter theatre; 8 p.m. thursday,
community theatre.

where: mccarter theatre, 91 university place, princeton, (609) 258-6500;
community theatre, 100 south st., morristown, (973) 539-0345.

how much: $32 to $40 (mccarter theatre); $40 (community theatre, sold out).

opposites attract.

anyway, they attract the kind of write-ups that amy ray and emily saliers,
better known as the indigo girls, have become very familiar with in their
20-year career.

emily is light-haired, amy is dark-haired. emily is northern, amy is southern.
emily is folk, amy is punk. one pair of matching bookends, different as night
and day.

it's a great hook. and it's even true to some extent, ray says.

"it's not as black and white as that, obviously, because it never is," ray says.
"but we are pretty opposite from each other, and i think that's why it works."

it's also true that in all the years the guitar-playing, songwriting,
politically advocating alt-folk-rock duo have been making a dent in popdom with
songs like "closer to fine" and "galileo," they've never really written a song

maybe just as well, ray says.

songwriting "is really a time when we feel we can express, purely, what our
intention is, and that sort of keeps us together," she says. "it gives us an
outlet that is not compromised from the beginning and doesn't become an
agreement until we've finished the song. then we work it out together, and at
that point it becomes an indigo girls song -- when we do the arrangement."

if anything, the two artists, now touring behind their 2005 epic album,
"rarities," have drifted even further apart musically since the day they met in
elementary school in decatur, ga. (amy was a native; emily's family had moved
there from new haven, conn.)

again, maybe just as well.

"i think we actually had similar interests to begin with," ray says. "she played
guitar, and i played guitar. and we both sang, and we ended up in high school in
the chorus together. and we started playing around for fun, learning songs and
going to open-mike nights and stuff. after that, as you develop and you're
politicized and your personality develops and your artistic world develops, we
just kind of went in different directions but maintained our partnership."

the indigo girls, like other cult acts, occupy a special niche in the pop world.

it's a place reserved for artists with a turn for the poetic and a taste for the
political, who don't get around-the-clock airplay but nevertheless have the
total respect of fellow musicians (they always set an extra mike onstage for
surprise guests) and attract fanatical loyalists who blog and bootleg and follow
them from gig to gig.

it's all -- mostly -- good, ray says.

"we feel thankful for it; it's really kept our career going, to have such an
avid audience," ray says. "to me, the only time it gets to be weird is if you
feel someone is web logging and doing stuff that kind of crosses your personal
space. giving out information about you that is personal or family-oriented.
that happens all the time. someone will overhear something somebody said in a
bar, or somebody will be at my house who i didn't realize was going to cross the
line and web log about it. it can be disheartening. my perspective is rather
than just going into a hole and being scared, to just try to live like you live,
so people realize it's no big deal."

something else a tad disheartening, ray says: guys tend to shy away from the
indigo girls.

for no reason, as far as ray can see -- their music is by no means

typical is the write-up (generally positive) from the web site
"secret wish: that they release some music that we can blast in our cars, rather
than always showing up on our girlfriends' mix tapes."

"we released a record called 'come on now social,' that was really like rock,"
ray says. "and i consider, if you're going to blast something, that's pretty
blast-able. it's very electric, and a lot of our records have that.

"i think there's some kind of weird demographic image issue with [guys]
admitting that they listen to us. i know a lot of guys, friends of mine, who are
really into what we do, and are very supportive, and they're just mystified by
why their friends think it has to be kept a secret. i don't think it's just us.
i think it's a lot of female acts. and it doesn't work in the converse. it's not
like women are afraid to admit they're eminem fans. i think there's a bit of
socially enforced negative stuff going on there."

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