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original publish date: jan - march by shirley liu, curve magazine [link to part I] [link to part II] For more than a decade, the Indigo Girls'. Although the earliest traces of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers joining musical forces date back to — and their original meeting back to Indigo Girls, made up of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, bring their folk rock music back to My girlfriend is from there so I am out there a lot.
July Learn how and when to remove this template message The success of 10, ManiacsTracy Chapmanand Suzanne Vega encouraged Epic Records company to enlist other folk-based female singer-songwriters ; Epic signed the duo in Their first major-label release, also named Indigo Girlswhich scored 22 on the album chart, included a new version of "Land of Canaan", which was also on their EP album and on Strange Fire.
Also on the self-titled release was their first hit " Closer To Fine " an unlikely collaboration with Irish band Hothouse Flowerswhich scored 52 on the popular music chart and 26 on the modern rock chart. They even managed one week on the mainstream rock album-oriented rock music chart at They were also nominated for Best New Artist but lost to Milli Vanilli who eventually had that award revoked. Their second album, Nomads Indians Saintswent gold in December and included the hit song "Hammer and a Nail", a 12 modern rock music track; it was not as successful as their first, which was certified platinum at about the same time.
The Indigo Girls followed it with the live Back on the Bus, Y'all and 's album Rites of Passagefeaturing the song " Galileo ", the duo's first top 10 modern rock music track During the accompanying tour in December, they invited on a few dates Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees as special guest to sing a couple of songs with them.
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Shaming of the Sun was released in followed by Come on Now Social in Shaming of the Sun debuted at number seven on the Billboard charts, driven by the duo's contribution to the Lilith Fair music festival tour.
The track "Shame on You" received more airplay on adult alternativetop 40 and adult top 40 radio stations than any of their previous singles, although this seemed to be a peak in their crossover success. Retrospective, a compilation album with two new tracks, was released in and Become You followed two years later. She is a really good synth player, plays very old vintage synthesizer. She came in and did a bunch of stuff.
It is a little more up than my last one but not techno-ish. It has an Appalachian song. It has a throwback to Jackson Browne song on it too.
It mixes it up. I'm really happy with it. I will put it out in March and probably tour with it a bit. Do you prefer self-producing, as opposed to the big major label? The Indigo Girls are on their own label now so it is kind of like when I put out my own records too. We are all independent everywhere.
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Vanguard distributes us so it is like having the best of both worlds. We have a good distribution and a lot of info structure but we really make our own choices and decisions about how the money is spent. Creatively, it feels good. The only difference is that we don't have as much money, which is actually a good thing. I think it makes us a little more creative with what we do. Vanguard is out of Nashville? Yes and they have an L. I saw your Christmas show at the House of Blues. That was so fun!
Chely Wright played with you onstage.
20 Questions: Amy Ray - PopMatters
What do you recommend for female artists who are in the closet? Oh, boy; that is a hard question. It doesn't seem that should be hard anymore, does it? No, because you have out musicians like Chely and Melissa Etheridge.
I always recommend that people at this point are out as musicians because you feel better.
20 Questions: Amy Ray
But I know why people struggle with whether or not to do that depending on what kind of music they are playing. It can be the kiss of death in country music or even any kind of music.
I don't think that matters as much as honesty and integrity, personally for me. I think your audience is your community and they want you to be real.
The Power of Two: 30 Years of Indigo Girls
I don't think it has to hold you back. I think there is a lot of fear still and I understand where that comes from. I am always patient with someone when they are tryng to figure it out but at the same time inside I hope that people will realize the payoff is bigger, spiritually and emotionally in the long run if you just be yourself. The short run can be scary and you can be pigeonholed or lose radio play or whatever happens, which is absurd in this day and age but it does still affect you.
I think in the long run you are better off. If you want longevity and a real audience with a connection between you and your audience, you need to be who you are. Indigo Girls' following has stuck with them for so long. We have the greatest audience. I love the new girls coming up, like Girl in a Coma. I love that band. Have you listened to the Belle Brigade? I downloaded some of their music the other day on a friend's recommendation.
I really love it. They opened for k. I asked them about an LGBT connection to the band and she told me she is a big gay lesbian. She was very open and talked about her girlfriend. I like their music and love Girl in a Coma. I want to tell you that I saw you open for R. That tour was so important for us. It was a big moment where we got to be in front of a lot of people. It was challenging and we learned a lot. It was a turning point in our career. The sound infiltrated my soul.
What was this, some kind of cosmic lesbian musical sorcery? Who were these people? The harmonies peeled back layers of scar tissue at my center, exposing a longing in me that I could not name. The sound was pointing me to something vital about myself, but I did not know what it was.
The alchemy evoked a buried self I had not yet met, the future songwriter in me, entombed in a personal Pompeii, frozen under layers of active addiction.
When the song ended, I turned off the radio, clenched the steering wheel, laid my head down, closed my eyes, and cried. I was drunk, stoned, and tired of feeling alone. I had a hole in me that the call to songwriting had once upon a time tried to answer. I had put my guitar and musical longing aside, buried them both in a past I did not contemplate, and forgot about them. Made peace with 1 Corinthians But when I grew up, I put away childish things.
I established and ran several restaurants. I had what thought I wanted. I was young and successful. But I felt empty. I lived with a gaping hole in the center of my being that I poured booze and dope and romance and success and any other thing I could jam in there to deaden the pain, the sadness of an unlived life.
I was lost, careening the wrong way down a one-way street. I did not know how to turn around. So I worked harder, tried to make more money, and became grandiose.
I demanded that those around me work harder, too. We had to push the limits of what was possible. I was hoping to succeed my way out of the feeling of being lost. I could not make sense of the visceral response it released in my gut, even as the waves of emotion doubled me over.