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ig-news-digest      wednesday, december 11 2002      volume 05 : number 230

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] tabernacle concert tickets!  4th row!!  [diane hartley <diwendy9]
  [ig-news] news article                      [diane <dweiden@ix.netcom.com>]

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date: tue, 10 dec 2002 16:48:07 -0600
from: diane hartley <diwendy93@earthlink.net>
subject: [ig-news] tabernacle concert tickets!  4th row!!

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

folks:

i've got 2 tickets to the tabernacle show in atlanta on wednesday night the 18th.  they're great seats - section 50 row d seats 1 and 2.  that's pretty much in the center.

all i'm asking is what i paid:  $90.10.  i was supposed to be in atlanta for business and it got cancelled!  let me know who wants them!

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date: tue, 10 dec 2002 19:40:32 -0600
from: diane <dweiden@ix.netcom.com>
subject: [ig-news] news article

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

indigo girls: the power of two
folk icons the indigo girls have a gift for melding the personal and the
political into terrific songs. but the duo say
their musical stardom is secondary; they're activists first.

by christine facciolo
special to the news journal
12/06/2002

when amy ray and emily saliers strummed their way onto the national
scene as the indigo girls in 1989, few
would have guessed that their smarter-than-average brand of acoustic pop
would survive for so long.

folkies were not welcome on top 40 radio then, and the indigo girls were
hardly made-for-video babes. worse yet,
some critics had dismissed their songs as "cheap therapy."

but over a decade later, the duo are still singing their tight-knit
harmonies to lyrics that speak of self-discovery
and personal fulfillment. in fact, the sincerity that once made them
unique is the very reason for their long-term
success.

"part of what we're about as artists is trying to connect with people
and their lives through our music. that's more
important to us than how many records we sell," said ray by phone from
georgia where she and saliers are on a
break from touring to support their latest album, "become you." they
will play a sold-out show at the grand opera
house in wilmington on wednesday.

recorded in an atlanta studio, "become you" marks a return to their folk
roots after 1999's genre-jumping rock
release "come on now social."

"i'd wanted to do a folk album for a while, so we both decided it was
time to do it," ray said.

but this is no mere retread. in fact, to label it a 'back-to-basics'
disc would shortchange the personal and creative
growth she and saliers brought to the project, ray said.

in the title track, for example, ray tries to come to terms with her
southern identity in a region still haunted by
racism.

"i tried to personalize these ideas, to portray differences with my
neighbors in my own rural area," she said. "to
me, it's all about how you come to understand another person, how you
can respect their humanity even when you
think their position is deplorable."

as always, their individual compositions reveal the differences between
these two partners, who in many ways are
a study in contrasts. ray, 38, is tough and outspoken and sings with a
lusty alto. saliers, 39, is more reflective
and her vocals are high and ethereal. ray says she's been influenced by
such late 1970s punk rockers as patti
smith and the clash. saliers prefers joni mitchell. ray makes her home
"in the middle of the woods" of rural
northern georgia, while the more citified saliers resides in atlanta,
where she is part-owner of a restaurant. the
two never write songs together, and when not on tour drift apart to
their separate circles of friends.

but there are common bonds. both are children of professional parents,
georgia-raised (ray, a native, saliers a
transplant from new haven, conn.) and graduates of emory university.
they have known each other since
elementary school and have been playing music together since 1980. three
years later, they officially became the
indigo girls, picking the name because ray "liked the sound of it."

ray explains their chemistry in matter-of-fact terms, "we're more like
family than friends. we give each other a lot
of space. i guess that helps us stay together."

and by all accounts, the collaboration has been a profitable one. since
their debut, they have recorded nine studio
albums, sold more than seven million records and earned six grammy
nominations.

and while they never aspired to wealth or fame, ray admits that success
does have its benefits. "being successful
allows you to do the things you wouldn't otherwise be able to do," she
said.

for ray, that meant establishing her own record label, daemon records,
in 1990. billed as a not-for-profit
enterprise, the label issued ray's solo effort, "stag," last year and
has produced recordings by a variety of
atlanta-based artists, many of whom have contributed to indigo girls
projects.

since 1991, the indigo girls have turned their attention toward
political activism, something that has taken on an
increased urgency after the events of sept. 11. "we have always
considered ourselves activists first and pop stars
second," ray said.

building on their interest in environmentalism, ray and saliers have
become involved with the honor the earth
movement, which has raised more than $250,000 for american indian
activists. "emily and i felt that the
indigenous environmental movement was really important because its
approach was very grass-roots," ray said.

in 1997, the indigo girls traveled to chiapas, mexico, as part of a
delegation to support the zapatista rebels'
struggle for democracy and economic justice. the trip was an educational
experience for ray. "you really learn to
tell the difference between rebel groups, that not all movements are
good. the farc in colombia are really thugs,"
she said. ray's song, "nuevas seqoritas," from "become you" was written
in honor of the women who fight
alongside the zapatistas.

always evolving as artists, ray and saliers have found ways to broaden
their horizons. in 1994 they played
themselves in the movie "boys on the side," which starred whoopi
goldberg and drew barrymore. and last year
they accompanied the atlanta ballet's interpretation of their music in
"the indigo girls project."

the indigo girls still credit part of their longevity to the intense
loyalty of their fans and have always found novel
ways to show their appreciation. in 1993, they undertook a 'ten-dollar
tour' of small clubs with all tickets and
t-shirts priced at ten bucks. and fans have always been encouraged to
tape and share their live performances.

"no matter how many people we play for, it's always been important to
reach each of them. and that's not going to
change," ray said.

christine facciolo is a free-lance writer.

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