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ig-news-digest        wednesday, june 27 2001        volume 04 : number 111

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] vh-1 bio                ["subcityii@aol.com" <subcityii@aol.com>]
  [ig-news] june 2001 performing songwriter (igc)  [aj putnam <photomonk@ear]

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date: tuesday, june 26, 2001, 7:10:20 am
from: "subcityii@aol.com" <subcityii@aol.com>
subject: [ig-news] vh-1 bio

[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was
originally sent to the indigo girls mailing list at
netspace.org.  there's been some discussion on that list
about this bio, which is online at the vh1 site at
http://artists.vh1.com/vh1/artists/ai_bio.jhtml?ai_id=1087.
it's forwarded here for info, not discussion...]

here is the vh1.com bio for anyone who is
wondering what all the fuss is about. it does
contain a couple of errors.

[...]

this american duo comprises amy ray (b. 12 april
1964, decatur, georgia, usa; vocals, guitar) and
emily saliers (b. 22 july 1963, new haven,
connecticut, usa; vocals, guitar) who had met
aged 10 and 11 while at school in decatur,
georgia, usa. soon they started to perform together, initially as the b band, then saliers and ray.
their first cassette, tuesday's children, mainly consisted of cover versions. they changed their
name to indigo girls while at emory university in atlanta. their early releases were on their own
label, j. ellis records, named after an english
teacher on whom they shared a crush. these commenced with a single, "crazy game", in 1985, followed by an
ep the following year, produced by frank french of drivin' and cryin'. an album, strange fire,
produced by john keane, featured re-recorded
versions of their strongest early songs, "crazy
game" and "land of canaan". ray and saliers were
then signed to epic records in 1988, and their first release for the label featured, among others, michael stipe of r.e.m. and the irish group hothouse
flowers. indigo girls was produced by scott litt,
and included saliers' composition "closer to fine", later recorded by the wonderstuff. the duo toured heavily throughout the usa to promote the album, in addition to playing support dates to neil young and r.e.m. indigo girls achieved gold status in
september 1989, and the duo won a grammy award as
the best contemporary folk group of 1989. strange
fire was reissued towards the end of that year, but
with an additional track, "get together", made
famous by the youngbloods. in addition to playing
an aids research benefit in atlanta, georgia, in
1989, the duo were also asked by paul simon to
perform at a fund-raising event in 1990 for
the children's health fund, a new york-based
project founded by the singer. nomads*indians*saints included the excellent emily saliers song
"hammer and a nail", which also featured mary-chapin carpenter on backing vocals. litt was once again recalled as producer, with r.e.m.'s peter buck also guesting, but the album lacked something of its predecessors' impact. rites of passage repaired
much of the damage, with a full musical cast
including guest vocals by jackson browne, the roches
and david crosby, drums from budgie ( siouxsie and
the banshees ) and production by queensryche
veteran peter collins. traditional songs such as
"the water is wide" as well as a cover version of
dire sraits'"romeo and juliet" made it the indigo
girls broadest and finest set to date. touring and vacations preceded work on swamp ophelia at the end
of 1993. the sessions saw the duo swap acoustic for electric guitars for the first time on "touch me
fall", and while touring they took a break to
appear in a new recording of andrew lloyd webber's musical, jesus christ superstar, with saliers as
mary magdalene and ray as jesus christ. shaming of
the sun and come on now social broke no new ground,
but the duo's songwriting remains as dependable
as ever.

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date: tue, 26 jun 2001 12:49:10 -0400
from: aj putnam <photomonk@earthlink.net>
subject: [ig-news] june 2001 performing songwriter (igc)

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

i just got the latest issue of performing songwriter in the mail, and
it's the annual salute to independents issue.  included is a one page
interview with jerry marrotta about his producing work (no mention of
ig) and a 2 page column written by amy ray about independence and
activism.  i've only skimmed it so far but it looks pretty good.

david byrne is on the cover.  if it isnt at newsstands yet, it will be
within a few days.  enjoy!

amy p.

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