lifeblood: listlogs: 2007-136


date:    Wed, 19 sep 2007 08:02:51 +1000
from:    sherlyn koo <>
subject: dallas morning news article

hi folks,

short article from the dallas morning news.  online at:


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long tour winding down for indigo girls

pop music: duo looks ahead to a new album and just kicking back

11:34 am cdt on friday, september 14, 2007

by jenny block / special contributor

amy ray and emily saliers are now at the tail end of a somewhat long tour,=
one that basically began when their last album, despite our difference, was=
released last fall.
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amy ray and emily saliers head to austin after tonight's majestic theatre=

"it's kind of been the endless tour," ms. saliers of the duo indigo girls=
says. "the record came out last september, and we've been touring almost=
nonstop since then."

for some of the summer shows, 3/5 human and brandi carlisle have joined=
them, and ms. saliers is grateful. "it keeps us energized," she says. "more=
so than if it were just me and amy."

unlike the longish tour promoting it, despite our differences was recorded=
in just six weeks. they were able to finish so quickly because, ms. saliers=
says, "We had a great team and came well prepared."

but time wasn't the only thing unusual about cutting this album; location=
was, too. they recorded it in santa monica, calif., instead of their usual=
studio in georgia.

"instead of a big slick studio, it was a small studio that mitchell [froom],=
our producer, has in back of his house," ms. saliers says. "you're facing=
everyone at the same time, which builds a familiarity and cohesion."

it also helped that mr. froom kept them on a strict, but civil, work=

after more than 20 years of making music as indigo girls, ms. saliers says,=
things certainly have changed, especially when it comes to the group's fan=

"it's more diverse than it used to be," she says. "We have a strong=
following of women." but their music also appeals to people in different=
stages in their lives, including college students and "kids as young as 5,=
all the way up to their teens."

the conditions under which that music is created are quite different for=
each partner. "amy's writing up a storm. she can write anywhere," ms.=
saliers says, adding that that's simply not the case for her.

"i have terrible writer's block right now," she says with a laugh. "i like=
to be at home in a quiet space. it's harder for me to write on the road."

too much noise and no privacy block her creativity, she says. still, ms.=
saliers isn't worried; she has been writing songs since she was 10, shortly=
after she learned to play guitar. even though she calls those early songs=
"terrible," she knows the creative flow will come back to her.

that shouldn't be a problem tonight when indigo girls bring their show to=
the majestic theatre. the dallas concert should reflect the intimacy,=
immediacy and strong emotional connection of the pair's most recent=
music-writing efforts.

on saturday, the band will play at the austin city limits music festival.=
finally, it will close its tour sunday in new orleans.

so what's next?

"it's time to make another record already," ms. saliers says. "i can't=
believe it."

she says she also would like to do a solo album, since her bandmate is on=
her third. but before any more recording =96 duo or solo =96 there are a few=
other things to do.

"i really want to rest. i love to run. love to cook. love to read. love to=
do the crossword puzzle."

jenny block is a dallas freelance writer.

plan your life

indigo girls will perform at 8 tonight, with opening act 3/5 human, at the=
majestic theatre, 1925 elm st. $33 to $47.
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