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ig-news-digest         friday, march 16 2001         volume 04 : number 048

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] re: amy setlist       [dee yellowlees <tomboy1969@cswebmail.com>]
  [ig-news] cdnow review of stag                           [btfenton@aol.com]

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date: thu, 15 mar 2001 04:32:17 -0800
from: dee yellowlees <tomboy1969@cswebmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] re: amy setlist

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


the mtn stage setlist was short but sweet...lucystoners, mtn. of glory, laramie, a new butchies tune that will be on their new album due out next month and johnny rottentale...

in the past at the daemon showcases i've seen amy do nuevos senoritas, careless youth and devotion (but it wasn't an ig song yet...) besides what's on the cd...

counting the days until march 29th!

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date: thu, 15 mar 2001 19:41:50 est
from: btfenton@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] cdnow review of stag

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i don't think this has been posted yet. enjoy.
brenda

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indigo girl amy ray's debut solo album, stag, released tuesday (march 13) on
her own daemon records, was slightly born of frustration. not with her
partner-in-musical-crime, emily saliers, but more so of the niche the duo had
pigeonholed themselves into over the years.

"i had started writing more prolifically in the last five years and had
started to feel frustrated because some of the songs just wouldn't work as
indigo girls songs," ray tells allstar. "and i didn't want to force it. so in
the back of my mind, i was throwing songs in this other category."

funny enough, from a musical perspective, most of the songs on stag fit in
sonically with several tunes ray has penned for the last few indigo girls cds
("scooter boys," "ozilline," "go"); lyrically, however, is a different story.
stag takes common indigo girl views and political stances and pushes the
envelope well past what the sony music machine would ever -- ahem -- allow on
a commercial release. stag features a song about the murder of matthew
shepard ("laramie"), a tune about 19th-century feminist lucy stone
("lucystoners"), and peppered references to homosexuality and feminism
throughout.

"well, they have never said to us, 'you cannot talk about homosexuality,' but
there is definitely a subliminal sort of energy that goes on at a major
label," explains ray. in addition, ray, always the more fiery-viewed of the
indigo girls, couldn't always agree with her musical partner on how far to
take the duo's personal views into the music.

"i am in a partnership with somebody who doesn't always see eye to eye on the
way we write or the frankness of lyrics, or how radical i am on something
compared to her," she says with no ill-will whatsoever. "there are songs that
i have written as a solo performer that she doesn't really want to sing in a
duo."

so stag was born, an unconventional, much more punk-spirited affair than
anything by the indigo girls. while such songs as "laramie" and "measure of
me" could fit nicely into the duo's heavier guitar mold of late, others,
including "hey castrator" and "mountains of glory," are definitely spawned
from a heavier, less conventional place.

"i wanted to do [a solo album] for a long time, and i think a lot of it was
the challenge of doing something alone when i have been in a partnership for
so long," says ray. "you fall into your same roles over and over again, and i
think it is good for me and emily -- both of us -- to branch out because i
think it keeps our duo more lively as well."

stag includes guests spots by ex-luscious jackson drummer kate shellenbach
and ex-breeder josephine wiggs ("hey castrator"); durham, n.c.-based band the
butchies and atlanta's rock*a*teens, which both serve as ray's backing bands
on various tracks throughout the record (allstar, dec. 7, 2000); and ray
mentor joan jett, also on "hey castrator."

"i remember sitting out on the track with the high school girls, talking
about 'i love rock n roll' -- how great it was," remembers ray. "[but] joan's
a babe. i love her, and she has got a heart of gold, and she is one of those
musicians that everybody sort of underestimates her musicality. she is really
amazing, and she came in, and i sang that melody to her one time, and she
just went in and did it -- i mean that is the first take." after a showcase
at the south by southwest music conference in austin, texas, on friday (march
17), ray will hit the road in support of stag (with the butchies in tow as
her support act and backing band) beginning march 29 in atlanta.

meanwhile, ray reports that the girls will record an all-acoustic album this
summer, in the same vein as much of its earlier work, if ray has her way.
"well, at least for me, my side of it is going to be totally unplugged, and i
encourage emily to do the same thing," she says. "i have been wanting to do
something like this for probably about five or six years."

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