lifeblood: listlogs: 2008-079


date:    tue, 28 oct 2008 09:56:06 +1100
from:    sherlyn koo <>
subject: "the vindicator" amy interview

hi folks,

this is from, the website of the vindicator in youngstown oh.
you can read it online at


--begin forwarded article--
amy ray struggling as solo act
by john benson
monday, october 27, 2008

the artist said it's hard to establish herself in her new role.

when indigo girls member amy ray decided to venture into solo waters as a
rock/punk-based artist, she expected there to be a few hurdles. instead,
the folk singer-turned-rocker found herself in a vacuum of expectation,
dominated by her past and limited by her present.

"to some people, i've had to differentiate where i'm not playing indigo
girls songs and this is not a folk show," said ray, calling from her
georgia home. "it's a rock show and then i think there are some indigo
girls fans who saw my first punk tour with the butchies and didn't like it
necessarily. and then i think it's especially [hard] for people who sort of
have an automatic association for the indigo girls too, where they don't
even know the musical diversity.

"so there are a lot of things that play there, and it's definitely hard to
find an audience, a new audience sometimes when you have such a specific
thing you're known for. i haven't definitely found a big audience or
anything. there's still a lot of work to be done and sort of evolution and
touring and trying to get the word out and the music out. so i'd say i'm
still in a period of growth and exposure at some level."

perhaps a period of challenges best describes ray's current mindset. not
only does she look to gain fans in the diy underground scene, but with her
recently released third solo effort "didn't it feel kinder," which was
released this past summer, the 44-year-old artist pushed herself out of any
comfort zone regarding melodies, arrangements and structures.

"i [recorded] this record mostly to tape, which gave it a slightly
different sound," ray said. "this record is totally different for me. i
wrote the songs just over a long period of time, not thinking about any
specific theme but knowing that i would be using them for a solo record. so
they hung together more on a musical level than on a thematic level."

among her favorite songs on the new 10-track album are the engaging "bus
bus" and "birds of a feather." the latter track features a unique guitar
approach that ray intended to create a feeling of alienation. however,
that's not necessarily the message you get when looking at the cd cover
artwork, which depicts two distinctly different looking horses on a meadow.

"i like the long horizon and the two beings," ray said. "horses for me seem
like a very emotional presence, and they're really strong. my girlfriend
took that picture a long time ago and i kept looking at it thinking that
would be a really cool cd cover. and then it happened to match what i was
feeling for the cd.

"it's something about the relational space of those two horses. you don't
really know what their relationship is and you're trying to figure it out.
they seem strong and seem to have a certain empathy to them. and i think
that's what the record is about, empathy."

no matter what success her solo career finds, ray said she's committed to
the indigo girls, which have a new album recorded and due out in february.
for now, ray is concentrating on a solo tour. this brings her band to
cleveland on friday for a show at the beachland ballroom. considering it is
halloween, will ray be dressing up for the evening?

"my girlfriend wants to go as sarah palin, and i told her i would be john
mccain," ray said. "my traditional costume is davy crockett, the raper and
pillager of native americans, because he's like a supposed distant relative
of mine.

"so i have this old coonskin cap from when i was a kid. it's not really a
great legacy to have but i'm trying to right the wrong."

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