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ig-news-digest        friday, february 26 2010        volume 12 : number 003

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] amy interview from the daily advertiser  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@p]
  [ig-news] emily interview from the mobile press-register  [sherlyn koo <sh]


date: fri, 26 feb 2010 10:13:02 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] amy interview from the daily advertiser

hey folks,

here's an amy interview from the daily advertiser in lafayette.  you can
read it online at


- ---begin forwarded article---
february 25, 2010
the indigo girls are still playing their way

once radio darlings but never industry playthings, the indigo girls have
stayed on the road with a purpose.

by cody daigle

in 1987, amy ray and emily saliers released an independent album called
strange fire, firing the opening shot for the now two decades-long career
of the indigo girls.

since that first independent release, ray and saliers have produced 10
major label recordings -- nine during a stint with epic records and a 2006
release on hollywood records -- and have netted an ardent and faithful fan

last year, the indigo girls brought their music full circle, releasing the
2-cd album poseidon and the bitter bug, a recording released independently
on their new label, ig recordings.

it was an independent move from a duo known for their willingness to speak
their mind. fans of the indigo girls know that behind the music is a
passion for activism -- both ray and saliers have a history of speaking out
and advocating on a variety of issues. the band's web site even includes a
section for activism, where indigo girls fans can find resources to "get
you in gear to be a punk ass patriot and a happy human being."

that description -- "punk ass patriot and happy human being" -- is a
perfect way to describe both ray and saliers. and with poseidon and the
bitter bug, they've found a clear musical expression for that state of
being, one that fans have been enthusiastically embracing for 20 years.

the indigo girls will make a tour stop in lafayette on march 4, playing a
one-night gig at grant street dance hall. amy ray, fresh from a solo tour
with brandi carlile, spoke with the times about the indigo girls live show,
the release of poseidon and the band's fierce independent streak.

q&a with amy ray

the times (toa): for local fans who haven't had a chance to catch an indigo
girls live, show what can they expect?

amy ray (ar): our live show is pretty much songs from every record. we try
to include a little of everything, mix things up for our fans. and we take
this tour has been solo acoustic shows, so you're going to get just the two
of us.
and at this show, we have a group opening for us [the group a fragile
tomorrow] that's a group of brothers who do these amazing harmonies. and
they know a lot of our songs, so they're going to join us on some of the
songs, add extra layers of harmonies.

every show's a little different, so it should be a fun evening.

toa: what's on the horizon for you, recording-wise?

ar: we're putting out a live cd, recordings from shows we've done for the
last four years. there's acoustic stuff, some songs from full band shows,
all sorts of live tracks. it'll be a 2-cd set.

toa: your current release, poseidon and the bitter bug, is also a 2-cd set.
can you tell us a little about that recording and what ground it covers?

ar: we worked again with mitchell froom, and he just as a great way of
working with us on our material. emily and i write songs individually, then
we come together to work on them. and the mitchell steps in and fleshes
things out, works with us on chord voicings and harmonies. he comes in and
improves on what we've been working on.

he's great at bridging the gap between our two styles.

we only had a few weeks to put this album together, because we recorded it
independently. so a lot of the album came together spontaneously.

toa: this album was released under your own label, ig recordings. how has
the freedom of an independent label been for you both?

ar: it's been really good. but there are things about it that aren't that

we've always had a lot of control over our music, that's just the way it's
always been for us.

what's really different for us is on the business end. we financed this
album ourselves, so we were controlling where the money went and who we
brought on to help us with press or marketing. it was good to be in control
of those things, good to make sure we didn't waste money.

toa: the second disc of the album is an acoustic set of everything on the
first disc. what fueled that decision?

ar: it was mitchell's idea in a way. he's said to us he thinks fans don't
like him very much because they don't really want anything other than us.
(laughs) mitchell can be self-deprecating, but he's really amazing, really
a genius.

but we thought it would be an interesting challenge to take the songs and
see what they'd sound like stripped down. we had a few days in the studio,
so we recorded them all acoustic over three days.

it was a lot harder than i thought it would be. breaking them down was
tough, and we didn't do any overdubs. we just recorded the songs and picked
the take we liked best. it was a really challenging process, but some fans
have said they like some of the acoustic versions better than the album

toa: i know you both are very engaged politically and socially -- are there
any projects or work you guys are doing that you'd like to talk about?

ar: our web site has a section dedicated to activism. fans can go there and
get information and other resources for causes we care about. most of our
work is ongoing, and fans can find out about it there.

we have things on our web site about haiti and some other environmental
causes we support. we're working on something with honor the earth, they do
a lot of great environmental work, and we do have some resources about gulf
coast recovery.

toa: throughout your career, you guys have been sort of a template for
independent artists. how have you been able to maintain such a clear
ownership of your identity and your ethos?

ar: it hasn't been as hard for us as it might be for some other acts. we
have been able to stay independent by default, really.

it's really been the only we could have been. we turned what would have
been a weakness in some other group into a strength for us. and we haven't
ever really been forced into any boxes.

we've also been very lucky to have worked with some of the same management
people since we were in our 20s, so it's been helpful to have this team of
people who've been there since the beginning.

when we started, we had friends like r.e.m. helping us to build an
audience, and in the beginning, radio was really kind to us. but we got to
a point where radio wasn't as kind and we needed to rely on touring and
other ways to get the word out. at that point, the big machine could only
do so much.

but the audience was always there for us, allowing us to do what we wanted
to do. they let us be just two independent gay women playing acoustic
guitar, and that's who we are.

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date: fri, 26 feb 2010 10:22:12 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] emily interview from the mobile press-register

hi folks,

another interview, this one of emily from the mobile press-register.  you
can read it online at


- ---begin forwarded article---
indigo girls come 'full circle' before return to the saenger
by lawrence f. specker
february 25, 2010, 6:00am

the indigo girls' last visit to mobile was memorable, although not entirely
for positive reasons.

the duo's performance itself was well received, prompting extensive
audience singalongs. the fact that the show took place on a parade night
during carnival added some energy. and brandi carlile delivered an amazing
opening set.

but amy ray and emily saliers were sick -- so sick that they canceled the
next night's performance in birmingham.

"i completely remember that night," saliers said. "you know, the worst
thing in the world when you're touring is to get sick. it's not even about
you feeling bad. it's about letting people down. and our fans are so loyal,
and always, playing a show with brandi is a special thing, so you want to
always give 100 percent and be able to be there fully, and when you get
sick, you're just not able to.

"we're coming back to make it up," she said. "we're excited to come back. i
plan on feeling 100 percent."

the indigo girls return to the mobile saenger theatre for a show starting
at 7 p.m. tuesday. this time around, carlile and the indigo girls are
co-headliners. saliers said she's expecting a big night.

"brandi, she's just such an exciting performer," she said. "we're happy to
have a friendship with her as well as a musical relationship. the double
bill is really great because she plays a full set and then we play a full
set and then we do a little bit of a shorter set together."

"i think the fans will really enjoy that," saliers said. "it's just going
to be a big ol' musical extravaganza."

since the last time the indigo girls stood on the saenger stage, a few
significant things have changed.

they've gone independent, releasing the double album "poseidon and the
bitter bug" without benefit of a major-label deal. and in november they
also released a live dvd based on a show recorded in 2007.

saliers said that while the two enjoyed their extended major-label ride,
they've been happy to come "full circle" to the point where they're doing
everything in-house.

"we feel free and autonomous and at this stage in our career, it's quite
liberating," she said. "and i think that affects everything, including the
energy for the shows."

it helps that "poseidon" has gone over well with the duo's fan base, she
said. typically, a new album generates some songs that prove popular in
concert, while others get a muted response and fall by the wayside. but all
the songs from "poseidon" have stayed in the rotation, she said.

"blove of our lives' has become sort of anthemic," she said. "people
really respond to that song because of its energy and its hopefulness" and
ray's "sugar tongue" also has been a standout, she said.

for more than 20 years, she and ray have had an unusual songwriting
relationship: they rarely co-write lyrics, but they depend on each other to
bring their words to life.

when they sit down to show each other new material, it's not necessarily
about finding songs that both love. it's about supporting each other, not
wielding a veto power, saliers said.

"amy and i have just this trust and intuition about each others' music,"
she said.

releasing a dvd forces some acts to retool their show to keep things fresh.
saliers said she and ray haven't made any radical changes since the release
of their video, but that they approach every show with the idea of giving
listeners something new.

"i think it's going to be exciting, because there will be songs that people
haven't heard," she said.

"all we do is try to keep it fresh," she said. "we're not really a show
band. no fireworks, just the music."

tickets are $30.50 to $45.50, plus service charges; available at the
saenger box office and other ticketmaster outlets. to order by phone, call
toll-free 800-745-3000; online orders can be placed at information, call the saenger box office at

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