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ig-news-digest          sunday, june 17 2007          volume 10 : number 043

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  [ig-news] salt lake tribune         [sherlyn koo <>]


date: sat, 16 jun 2007 15:44:25 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] salt lake tribune

hey folks,

here's an article from the saltlake tribune.  online at:


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superb songs help indigo girls thrive in choppy music industry
by dan nailen
the salt lake tribune

given the duo's fierce political activism and two decades of commercial ups and
downs navigating the changing seas of the music business, it can be easy to
forget why the indigo girls are still selling out venues every time they come to

    it's the songs, plain and simple.

    emily saliers and amy ray are serious songcrafters. and even though they
write their songs separately, when they get together to arrange them and weave
together their magical vocal harmonies, they inevitably end up with a batch of
tracks that fit perfectly with past hits like "closer to fine" or "galileo."

    the duo's latest album, "despite our differences," is a case in point. there
were a lot of "firsts" for the indigo girls on this set. it was their first time
working with producer mitchell froom, a veteran of projects with paul mccartney,
elvis costello and sheryl crow. it was the first time they recorded an album in
los angeles. and it was the first time, saliers said, that she and ray let a
producer in on the arranging process before they got to the studio.

    "he was involved in the process very early on," saliers said. "when we were
in the process of arranging, knowing we'd be working with mitchell, we'd send
him mp3s or tapes and he'd send us feedback. so he knew the songs inside and out
when we got out to his studio.

    "we knew we were working with a guy who could work with the difference
between amy's material and mine. early in the process, there's sort of a
vulnerability, and amy has to feel and i have to feel that the producer respects
the work equally. with mitchell, that happened very early."

    the result is the breezy "despite our differences," which saliers said was
the fastest record the girls have ever made. songs like saliers' opening
"pendulum swinger" and ray's raucous "rock and roll heaven's gate," featuring a
guest vocal from pink, are sure to be crowd favorites on the duo's summer tour,
stopping for a sold-out red butte garden show tuesday.

    saliers said making "despite our differences" was one of the best
experiences she's had over the course of 10 studio albums.

    "we work a lot in atlanta and i find it distracting at times to go home
every night while you're working on a record," saliers said. "we stayed out in
santa monica by the water, so i could go running every day. i'm a foodie, so i
was able to check out a lot of new restaurants. and mitchell likes to work with
a schedule that ends at 7 every night, so that was great."

    another guest on the album is brandi carlile, a young singer-songwriter who
the girls learned was a fan of theirs when they went to check out one of her
shows. now carlile is opening the summer tour. like carlile, many young
songwriters have approached ray and saliers about the influence the indigo girls
have had - something that leaves saliers with mixed emotions.

    "it's a little disconcerting. i think about how long we've been around and
how much older we've gotten," saliers said. "but also, i think it's the most
flattering thing in the world to have these young artists who are so full of
life, who have a long career ahead of them. . . . to think we influenced or
inspired them in any way is a really gratifying feeling. it just makes you feel
good on a very basic level."

    that said, saliers and ray aren't interested in acting as den mothers to
every young artist they share a conversation with, even with the years of
experience they have in the music business.

    "we don't go around giving out a lot of advice," saliers said. "i'm sort of
a believer in 'find your own way.' if you've been around as long as we have,
there's a certain trajectory to your career that you can watch, unless you're
like a superstar band and always remain at the top echelon. we had our day in
the sun when we played madison square garden, and now we play theaters. but
after all this time, and through all the changes in the industry, to be able to
still do it and make a living at it, i'm really grateful."
   sold out
    * the indigo girls, with brandi carlile opening, play tuesday at 7 p.m. at
red butte garden. the show is sold out.

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