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ig-news-digest          friday, june 12 2009          volume 11 : number 047

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] amy interview from the cape cod times  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pix]
  [ig-news] amy interview from the daily ledger  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixel]


date: fri, 12 jun 2009 10:14:21 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] amy interview from the cape cod times

hey folks,

short amy interview from the cape cod times.  you can read it online at


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indigo girls return to the cape
working without major label on latest album gave indigo girls feeling of
by caroline hughes
contributing writer
june 11, 2009 3:25 pm

the indigo girls have returned from a three-year hiatus with their 10th
album, "poseidon and the bitter bug." amy ray, who makes up the dynamic duo
with emily saliers, answered a few questions about the new record, her work
as a solo artist, and the indigo girls' concert saturday at cape cod melody

q: i like the word "poseidon" in the title because it reminds me of cape
cod. but what sets this new cd apart from your other nine cds?

a: (laughs). there's actually a lot of ocean references in this one,
because emily wrote a lot of songs sitting on the beach for this record --
well, at her beach house or by the ocean. when we play places close to the
ocean it's sort of fun in that way. the main thing about this record
musically (is that) we worked with (producer-arranger-musician) mitchell
froom, the second time we worked with him. we were definitely used to each
other's language and approach. ... logistically, we got dropped from our
major label deal right before we made this, and that put a different spin
on it. ... we are independent now; we did it in three weeks, (it was) a
community effort. ... i think there was like a full kind of feeling that
felt really good with this project.

q: do you have any memories of being on cape cod?

a: we've played cape cod a lot, every summer. ... i bring my bicycle on
tour and when we're there i love to ride around, see the sights. ... it's a
good little touchstone place.

q: what is your favorite song on this record?

a: it changes every day. well, i think my favorite of emily's currently is
"i'll change." my favorite one of mine is "sugar tongue." but it changes as
we play the songs. some things become stronger, some things take a back
seat. it all depends on how it's going for us.

q: on this record you wrote every other song (and saliers wrote the other
half). is it always like that?

a: we typically go back and forth. every now and then we put two of hers in
a row or two of mine. it's for balance. we've never tried putting all of
mine in a row or all of hers. we tend to switch back and forth on the set.

q: does your work as a solo artist help or hurt your partnership?

a: i think it helps. if it hurt i would have to rethink that, but from the
beginning it's helped. ... when i play with emily i bring that energy and
inspiration into what we are doing and it teaches me certain things about
singing to make records alone. when i am in charge of things, (it) teaches
me about harmony and how to do some things on my own that i depended on
emily for and it makes it (the indigo girls) stronger. it feeds my soul.

q: how has the tour been going so far?

a: it's going great. we have this keyboard player with us, julie wolf. she
plays keyboard and accordion and sings. there's so much keyboard on the new
material because of mitchell (froom), because he plays keys, and it's great
having her there. she fleshes out the musical space. she's exciting and fun
to watch. we've been kind of playing with a few opening acts that we're
friends with, (like) matt nathanson. ... everything is going great. it's
picking up steam as it goes. ... everything's evolving and falling into
place. it's all good.

q: what's your favorite part about your shows?

a: every night it's different. one of my favorite things is the person who
is opening for us usually comes and sings a few songs with us. we get the
chance to perform with different people. obviously, it's really fun when
everyone sings along. it's always interesting when you have a new record
out and you see what people are singing, to see that as we go.

q: how do you feel about the (melody) tent?

a: we love the tent. we love the rotating stage. when we first started
playing there we didn't think we'd be able to deal with the stage turning
around. we get to watch different people and watch people sing. it's a
ritual for us.

if you go: wwho: the indigo girls. when: 8 p.m. saturday. where: cape cod
melody tent, 21 w. main st., hyannis.

tickets: $35.25-$56.25. reservations: 508-775-5630 or

also playing sunday night at south shore music circus in cohasset.

copyright (c) cape cod media group, a division of ottaway newspapers, inc.
all rights reserved.

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date: fri, 12 jun 2009 10:28:49 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] amy interview from the daily ledger

hey folks,

another amy interview, this one from the daily ledger in quincy ma.  it's
online at


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indigo girls continue to find inspiration
by jim dorman
for the patriot ledger
posted jun 11, 2009 @ 07:45 am

they've been making music for more than 20 years and while other duos and
groups have long since come and gone, the indigo girl's -- amy ray and
emily saliers -- story continues to unfold.

"it's a constant and ever-evolving relationship to our art and each other.
i think we both feel like this is what we do, and (as long as we feel
inspired) there's no need to quit," ray said.

the most recent chapter in their story is about the release of the album
"poseidon and the bitter bug." after a long association with epic records
and a much shorter one with hollywood records -- they were abruptly dropped
from the label in 2007 after just one album -- the girls decided to release
their next cd on their own independent label, ig recordings.

so far, they are happy with the decision. "it feels really nice. there was
a time when a label was great for us. there was an infrastructure that
helped us get things done. but, that infrastructure is not what it used to
be. so, for us, it's better to be on our own," said ray.

being your own boss has it's benefits, ray added.

"it's definitely a lot easier to do things logistically when you are not on
a label; things that normally require budgeting, bureaucracy and
permission. everything is easier," she said.

one idea that their venerable producer mitchell froom (paul mccartney,
sheryl crow, los lobos) had was to give the fans two versions of the same
10 songs, one fully produced and the other acoustic.

"we just felt like this group of songs would work really well that way.
and, because we were indie, we were like, 'yeah, let's do it,'" ray said.
(you can purchase either the full band version or the deluxe version
including the acoustic tracks.)

"it's interesting, because some of the acoustic versions have quite a
different tone from the produced versions, because they are live (and were
recorded in only three days) and you can hear us going through whatever
moods we were in," ray said.

the album has only been out a few months, but ray feels like people are
responding very well to it.

"i definitely feel the presence of the audience (when we play) these songs.
they seem to want to hear the new material as much as the older stuff,
which is a really good feeling because that doesn't always happen. and,
sometimes that's because the material is not as good. but this time i think
we were both hitting our stride when we wrote the songs, (and when we
recorded them.) we were both kind of in the same place, so i think it is a
little more successful for us musically," ray said.

she lists "i'll change," "fleet of hope," "second time around" and "sugar
tongue" among the songs that people seem "hooked into."

"you can feel it, and it's great," ray said.

but ray also said that playing their early hits like "closer to fine" with
her longtime friend and playing partner (the two actually went to
elementary school together while growing up near decatur, ga.) is always a
joy. "that never gets old for me. emily wrote a great song and its fun to
sing. typically we rotate a lot of the old stuff in and out, but there are
some songs (like that one) and 'galileo' that are always fun to do," said

another thing that doesn't seem to get old for ray is her working
relationship with saliers. although they don't spend that much time
together beyond touring and making music, she says they provide support to
each other both musically and emotionally.

"we are very different. emily can tap into the mainstream and write a hook
driven pop song better than i can. and, i can be the more obscure one. i am
basically more rock i guess. when we come together it creates this whole
other entity. and personality wise, i'll just say that it is good to have a
partner, someone that can help me see (issues) from a different place.
people always say that we are opposites, and very yin yang. that's a
generalization, but it's pretty true. we temper each other in a good way
and inspire the other person. there's no magic formula except that we have
faith that what we do together is greater than what we do separately. i
think we are really lucky."

rock for a remedy

bring a non-perishable food item (pet food, too) in a non-glass container
to help the indigo girls collect for needy families as part of the rock for
a remedy charitable campaign. the donations will benefit the greater boston
food bank and the massachusetts society of the prevention of cruelty to
animals. the names of people who donate four or more items will be entered
into a raffle to win a signed copy of the indigo girls new cd.

the indigo girls at the south shore music circus sunday, june 14.
copyright b) 2009 gatehouse media, inc. some rights reserved.
original content available for non-commercial use under a creative commons
license, except where noted.

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