lifeblood: listlogs: 2009-006


date:    sat, 31 jan 2009 14:59:26 +1100
from:    sherlyn koo <>
subject: san jose mercury news amy interview

hey folks,

here's an amy interview from the san jose mercury news.  you can read it=
online at


---begin forwarded article---
folkster amy ray rocks it on solo tour
by stacey vreeken - sentinel staff writer
posted: 01/30/2009 01:30:36 am pst

sometimes the best way to hone your band's unique musical sound is to=
thoroughly explore all the different creative urges you can in your solo=
work. it's what works for amy ray, who plays tonight at the rio theatre in=
santa cruz.

ray is known as half of the indigo girls, which travels the folk road of=
social and environmental activism rooted in a georgia sound.

ray's solo effort is much more edgy and urgent. the result of traveling new=
roads, albeit with the help of old friends, to produce "didn't it feel=

"for me, it's all music," says ray. the trip to the harder side of town,=
"gives me an idea of vocal style with indigo girls or a guitar part. it all=
informs each other."

the act of expressing multiple styles makes focusing on creating a singular=
sound easier for ray. "by doing my own work, it makes me feel more clear,"=
she says.

"it focuses me. i start writing songs perfect for emily saliers and me. i=
can hear her voice. i'm not distracted by wanting to do something for=

ray's new effort also reflects her work with producer greg griffith, who=
pushed her to explore her rougher side musically. she also plays with old=
butchies friends melissa york drums and kaia wilson electric guitar and=
features guest artist brandi carlile on the disc. the band arizona provides=
backing vocals and tours with her as an opening act.

"this is the circle of friends i originally started with," says ray.

"the record is so eclectic that, for me, there is not one thing defined=
musically," she says. songs such as "bus, bus" show the cross-pollination=
of ray's musical influences from hip hop to the clash.

her taste runs the gamut from singer-songwriters to the distillers to=
outkast. she's prolific, writing and touring at the same time.

"i keep a lyrics journal. when i actually sit down to write, i pick up my=
guitar, tape recorder, play music, read lyrics, see what fits. then go back=
through it. i'll work on three or four songs at one time," says ray.

the results or her most recent efforts will be on display tonight.

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