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ig-news-digest       saturday, january 31 2009       volume 11 : number 005

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  [ig-news] san jose mercury news amy interview  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixel]


date: sat, 31 jan 2009 14:59:26 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] 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


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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 kinder."

"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 myself."

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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