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ig-news-digest         friday, august 27 1999         volume 02 : number 141


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] "climbing against the odds" igc              [chance0631@aol.com]
  [ig-news] article about the new record (igc)  [carolyn <underdog@earthlink]
  [ig-news] re: davidson opening act                     [i2string01@aol.com]
  [ig-news] opener in savannah, ga              [susan <snapper@bulloch.com>]
  [ig-news] amherst and albany dates                     [ilovindigo@aol.com]
  [ig-news] new dates on website     ["antall, scott" <ssa@mail.aphanet.org>]


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date: thu, 26 aug 1999 01:26:51 edt
from: chance0631@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] "climbing against the odds" igc


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]


heard this on the radio today.  the ig and various other female artists have
all done tracks for an album to benefit breast cancer research/victims.  the
album is being used as music for a tv show that will be on pbs and will air
in october.  the show and the album are both titled "climbing against the
odds."  the album is due to be released soon.

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date: thu, 26 aug 1999 07:40:32 -0700
from: carolyn <underdog@earthlink.net>
subject: [ig-news] article about the new record (igc)


indigo girls get 'social' on seventh set from epic
by larry flick


08/23/1999
bpi entertainment news wire


in recording their seventh epic collection, "come on now social," indigo
girls emily saliers and amy ray set out to create a communal studio
atmosphere, wherein friends and colleagues could casually drop in and
contribute bits of harmony or instrumentation.


the resulting album, due sept. 28, has a comfortably loose, organic flow
that is also remarkably cohesive. the set evolved from a jam session in
london with ghostland, a u.k. band that supported sinead o'connor during the
1998 lilith fair tour.


"the chemistry between us was incredible," says saliers, noting that the duo
wound up hiring ghostland leader john reynolds to produce "come on now
social," as well as importing his bandmates caroline dale, clare kenny, and
carol issacs to southern tracks studio in atlanta to play on the album. the
sessions went so well that the band is backing saliers and ray during this
year's lilith fair and on the duo's own fall tour of the states.


also appearing on the album are natacha atlas; luscious jackson drummer kate
schellenbach; me'shell ndegeocello; joan osborne, who provides background
vocals on the infectious, guitar-driven rocker "go"; and sheryl crow, who
makes an appearance on the folk-spiced "gone again."


"we met most of them while doing the lilith fair, which is cool. they added
to the free-flowing flavor of the album," says ray, who credits reynolds
with seamlessly integrating the guest performers into the set's musical
fabric. "he was great at ensuring that it didn't look like us saying, 'hi,
here are a few of our famous friends.' everything had to
make musical sense."


ray and saliers also acknowledge reynolds' key role in harnessing the
stylistic direction of the set, which is perhaps the duo's most diverse to
date. in addition to their signature folk/pop sound, saliers and ray dabble
in punk-infused rock, reggae, appalachian music, and blues. prime cuts
include the aggressive saliers rocker "trouble" and ray's mournful,
celtic-spiked ballad "faye tucker," which was inspired by karla faye tucker
- - who on feb. 3, 1998, became the first woman to be executed by the state of
texas since the civil war.


at the core of the project are lyrical themes that saliers says are "typical
indigo girls fare. the words are always earnest and heartfelt.  we still
make social commentary, and we still sing about love. we're just
occasionally framing our words in different styles of music, and that keeps
us fresh as an act."


the future of indigo girls will, no doubt, be called into question once word
circulates that ray is planning to cut a solo album within the next year.
"it's just something i need to get out of my system," says ray, who is
eyeing the possibility of issuing the set on her own indie label, daemon
records. "it's not going to be a big deal. i just want to
make a punky little record."


the idea "sits just fine" with saliers, who took her own solo steps earlier
this year by dueting with vonda shepard on the hit "baby don't you break my
heart slow." "we love each other and support each other's desire and need to
experiment. i can't wait to hear what she comes up with, quite frankly."


it will be several months before ray has time to focus on the project, as
she and saliers prepare to begin promoting "come on down social."


ray says the duo would "happily welcome" airplay, but they no longer covet
it. "it seems like formats are so narrow now that we'd never squeeze in.
also, we're not willing to make a record that panders and exists purely for
radio. we prefer to please ourselves and our fans."


to that end, the heart of the label's marketing plan for the project is
touring. "this is an act that thrives in a live setting," says chris poppe,
vice president of marketing at the label. "there is nothing like the energy
of an indigo girls concert. the audience just adores them. needless to say,
they'll be touring well into the new year."


expectations are high for "come on now social," which follows 1997's
"shaming of the sun." the latter set entered the billboard 200 at no. 7, and
it went on to sell 2.5 million copies, according to soundscan. "this is such
an important act to us," poppe notes. "besides being a superstar entity,
they have a musical integrity that few in this industry can claim."


saliers modestly laughs at such accolades. "personally, i don't think we'll
ever be accessible enough to catch a wave of mainstream consciousness," she
says. "we've done well, but i don't view us as wildly successful."


ray agrees. "but being called a superstar act feels kinda weird. i prefer to
think of us as an act that's fortunate enough to write songs that connect
with a respectable audience."

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date: thu, 26 aug 1999 18:51:50 edt
from: i2string01@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] re: davidson opening act


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

the opening act for the show on oct. 2 will
be three finger cowboy.
- -angela

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date: thu, 26 aug 1999 19:00:47 -0400
from: susan <snapper@bulloch.com>
subject: [ig-news] opener in savannah, ga


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

will be stereo popsicle.  anyone heard of them?  please describe if so .

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date: thu, 26 aug 1999 13:53:59 edt
from: ilovindigo@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] amherst and albany dates


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

hey everyone,


i called both venues today.


i am told that tix go on sale for the amherst date sept. 11th at 10am thru
ticketmaster and the box office.  i know that it's a friday...the box office
chick insisted the date was correct.  they will be playing at the mullen ctr.
on oct 16th.


i talked to 3 people today at the albany venue and they all confirm that ig
is not booked for oct 9th.  i guess they did talk to ig's "people" originally
and the thing fell thru.  i would expect that the date will be taken off the
epic site soon. (maybe replaced with a venue even closer to my house!)   if
someone else would like to call and give it a go...maybe new information will
result...i dunno.


feeling very proud i only used three sets of ellipsis,
chris

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date: thu, 26 aug 1999 11:01:27 -0400
from: "antall, scott" <ssa@mail.aphanet.org>
subject: [ig-news] new dates on website


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

maybe old news now, but there are new dates on the ig website:


www.indigogirls.com


including oct 8 at the patriot center near washington, dc


no tickt info on the site.


scott antall
scientific affairs coordinator
american pharmaceutical association - academy of
pharmaceutical research and science (apha-aprs)
ssa@mail.aphanet.org
(202) 429-7507
(800) 237-apha, ext 7507
(202) 628-0443 fax

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