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ig-news-digest         friday, august 14 2009         volume 11 : number 061

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] amy interview from metro weekly  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopol]


date: fri, 14 aug 2009 10:11:26 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] amy interview from metro weekly

hey folks,

here's a little amy interview from the metro weekly in washington dc.  you
can find it online at


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amped indigo
indigo girl amy ray set to rock the black cat this sunday.
by doug rule
published on august 13, 2009

amy ray says she's more of the rocker in the indigo girls. "yeah,
definitely. i mean, emily [saliers] can play an electric guitar like crazy,
she loves classic rock -- heart, ac/dc. she can play really well, but she
doesn't really write in that way much."

so at the turn of this decade, ray decided that in addition to her work in
the mostly acoustic folk duo, she wanted to be a more-amped, punk-informed
solo artist. the solo side project allows ray "to rock out, and just play
with my friends and other collaborators that do more of a rock thing," she
says. "it's smaller, more underground."

this sunday, aug. 16, ray stops at the black cat, touring in support of her
third solo set, didn't it feel kinder.

"in my solo work, i'm more graphic than i am with indigo girls about issues
of being queer and young, all those things we see as we're discovering
ourselves," says ray. "i appreciate the activists who have done a lot of
work to make it easier to move through the world as a gay person."

a lot has changed since the 45-year-old got her start with the indigo girls
in 1985. she's pretty sanguine about much of it, even drastic changes in
the music business. "it's sort of a revolutionary time," says ray. "the
internet has created a whole different avenue for distribution, and it's
cleared all this ground ... for indies and artists [to] do it on their own.
and that's a cool thing."

ray views her dynamic, multi-dimensional web site, which she spends "a lot
of time on," as "pretty important. it can be a community of sorts. it's not
the same as a record store or a coffee shop or a bookstore, but it can be a
place for people to, i don't know, maybe find themselves in some way."

amy ray appears sunday, aug. 16, at 8 p.m. at the black cat mainstage, 1811
14th st. nw. tickets are $15. call 202-667-4490 or visit

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