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ig-news-digest        thursday, april 14 2005        volume 08 : number 046

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] "the amy ray band"            ["ron mcbay" <usul@mindspring.com>]
  [ig-news] new tour date                    ["spike" <indigokare@gmail.com>]
  [ig-news] planet out                ["lisalisaa" <lisalisaa@earthlink.net>]
  [ig-news] planetout interview with amy  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.]

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date: wed, 13 apr 2005 12:36:46 -0400
from: "ron mcbay" <usul@mindspring.com>
subject: [ig-news] "the amy ray band"

[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was originally sent to
the indigo girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

don't know what to call them.
..
. back when amy played a lot of the new songs at the daemon records
showcase at the echo lounge in december, 1945 was also on the bill and
backed her up.  so that's what i was expecting for this prom tour, but
that's not the case (thankfully).  the lead guitarist is les nuby from
?verbina? -- he appears on "put it out for good" on the cd -- he's great.
the bassist is jody bleyle from team dresch who appears on most the cd --
she's also very good with a good voice on backup vocals.  [...]  the drummer from 1945,
will lochamy is there [...] .
..
. opening was athens boys choir (which is actually two twenty-something
white women rapping).  they're enjoyable but i've seen them too many times
now (3 times in 4 months) compared to how much i actually like them.  they
told a story of having trouble getting back into the country when they went
to play a gig in canada: "but we really are the athens boys choir, officer!"
..
. i wasn't paying all that much attention to the people setting up in
between acts but there was a guy in a shirt and pants getting things ready
after abc.  the same person came back out moments later wearing a gown and
leather boots and it was actually gretchen phillips.  i was still ready to
believe this was a man in drag until she started singing.  she was great, a
beautiful, weirdly interesting songs and a fantastic electric guitarist.
[...]
..
. this was their first live show together, so things were far from tight
for amy and the band.  they had to restart several songs, but it was a
great full set.  the backup band won't ever be as fully tight as the
butchies were but it's a very powerful sound and very good on its own
merits.  most everything sounded better live than it does on the cd,
especially "pennies on the track" and "blender".  they played everything
off of prom and everything off of stag except "johnny rottentail", "measure
of me" and "lazyboy".  a really great show.  the 40 watt club in athens is
a great small venue to see amy (and last month's ig show there was
phenomenal).
..
[...]
..
- -- ron

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date: wed, 13 apr 2005 09:53:05 -0700
from: "spike" <indigokare@gmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] new tour date

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

according to pollstar, ig will be playing the taos solar music fest in
taos, nm on 26 june.  :)

just to update, here are the western us summer tour dates:

26 june - taos, nm
06 july - san diego, ca
08 july - reno, nv
09 july - redwood city, ca
10 july - saratoga, ca
19 july - seattle, wa
20 july - seattle, wa

:)

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date: thu, 14 apr 2005 02:45:05 -0400
from: "lisalisaa" <lisalisaa@earthlink.net>
subject: [ig-news] planet out

[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was originally sent to
the indigo girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

dont know if this is old news but planet out has a good interview with amy
along with five or so stellar fotos.

[...]

http://www.planetout.com/content/slideshow/?coll=512&navpath=/entertainment/music/

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date: thu, 14 apr 2005 17:49:56 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] planetout interview with amy

hey folks,

here's the text of the planetout.com interview - once again, you can
see it online (w/ photos) at (long url, should be all on one line):
http://www.planetout.com/content/slideshow/?coll=512&navpath=/entertainment/music/

- -sherlyn

- ---begin forwarded article---
amy ray goes back to high school
by jenny stewart, entertainment editor

amy ray's new solo record "prom," about the iconic lesbian folk-rock
star's high school years in georgia, would be remarkable based on the
concept alone. even better is that the nine powerful, heart-wrenching,
making-out-in-the-backseat rock songs are perhaps best described using
high school vernacular. simply put: they kick ass.

ray recently spoke to planetout about the new record, new queer
artists and her first love.

when i first got "prom" in the mail, i saw the prom photo, looked at
the lyrics and immediately went: "wait -- is this a concept album
about high school from a lesbian? how genius!" so, is this a concept
album and, if so, what gave you the idea?

it just turned out to be a concept record. i didn't really have an
idea of what the subject matter was going to be. i had written "sober
girl," but i hadn't finished it, and it was kind of about youth. then
all of a sudden i realized i was in the head space of that high school
touchstone, as well as the pastoral sort of existence of youth and
innocence and stuff, and it just turned out that way. i kind of let
the songs lead the way.

most people say their college years are their most formative, but you
said that for you, it was high school, that you first fell in love
with a woman in high school.

that's the thing about it. i didn't know what it meant to be gay, i
just knew i was in love with this woman. we did everything together --
we held hands, wrote love letters to each other. i was with that woman
for three years and then halfway through college. it was a very
significant relationship for me.

that's fascinating to me. i always had boyfriends in high school, but
i always had crushes on girls and kept them secret. and i think we're
both the same age, so i assume we're talking about 1978-1982, and i
can't even imagine being gay in high school in 1982. and you were in
the south!

yeah, and it was very sheltered and suburban and really conservative
in my geographical area -- conservative lower and middle class. i had
teacher who sort of counseled me about it. and then my mom talked to
me about it and asked me if i was gay, and i didn't know what to say,
because i didn't know what it meant. which sounds so naive, but that's
the way it was in high school back then. so i said, "well, i guess i
am," and she said, "oh, well it must be a phase." [laughs]

but i had this one teacher who was really supportive. he didn't push
it, i think he just knew what was going on and he encouraged me to
stay true to my feelings.

back to "prom." there are a lot of great guest musicians on this
record, including the nineteen forty-fives, jody bleyle and donna
dresch from team dresch and kate schellenbach from luscious jackson.
are you at the point where just about anyone will agree to play on
your records?

no! [laughs.] well, let me just say i am always nervous to ask people.
luckily kate was already a good friend of mine, and she played on my
first solo record, as did the nineteen forty-five's. kate was already
jamming with jody bleyle, who's like a complete icon to me, from team
dresch. i wanted to ask donna [dresch] to play guitar, but i was so
nervous to ask, because she's an icon to me too. but i don't think i
could call dave grohl and say, "i want you to play on my record."

you know what? i have a feeling dave grohl would. he's so cool.

well, i would really hope he would! [laughs.] but see, i would never
expect anyone to, or take for granted that they would. i am always
extremely nervous when i ask people and am extremely excited when they
are willing to do it. and sometimes, people think of all sorts of
excuses to not play with you.

really? like what?

i remember michael stipe had played on our first record. we had a song
we wanted him to do on the second record, and he totally turned us
down. i can't remember what his excuse was, but it was totally lame!
[laughs.] so we were like, "well, i guess the honeymoon's over!" but
he was actually really supportive; he just didn't want to play on
every record, you know?

a few months back, we started a new channel called rockout that throws
a spotlight on emerging queer musicians. i was shocked at how many new
queer artists were out there. a bunch of them saw you play at the homo
a go-go concert last year, and they actually called to tell me that
your performance with the butchies almost brought tears to their eyes.
they all have an incredible amount of respect for you. what do you
think of these younger artists, and what do you think about being a
queer pioneer?

i think it's amazing. homo a go-go is so instrumental. because before,
some bands might be self-conscious to be called a gay band, because
that would be considered a negative -- at least it would be in the
radio world. but for planetout or homo a go-go or any of the festivals
that really play it up in such a positive way, i think it increases
the confidence of someone who's 20 years old and playing punk, or rap
or anything. for them to be able to have this community around them, i
think it sort of lifts them up. but i don't necessarily feel like a
pioneer.

why not?

because when emily and i started, we were out in our lives, but we
weren't out publicly, in the press, and it took us a long time to [get
to] that. i really regret that. it was a decision we made at the time,
to sort of have private lives, but i always felt like were not as
brave as we could have been. so when i look at people now, especially
with the new gender identity, and really cutting-edge things going on,
i think of them as pioneers.

you may be being too hard on yourself, because i think everyone knew
you guys were gay, and it was important to people to hear you on the
radio.

well, we didn't lie about it, but we thought in retrospect "wow, we
could have been even more political and on the forefront." because i
think in the beginning we were politicized to a certain degree, but
not the way some of the younger bands are now. when i watch triple
creme, or like when we played homo a go-go, that is just ... an honor
to play.

ok, so the last two questions are high school themed. first, what kind
of music were you listening to in high school?

[laughs.] well, i was a real southern rocker at the time, so it was
the allman brothers and lynyrd skynyrd. but then i sort of got into
elvis costello, patti smith, the pretenders. i also listened to folk,
like bob dylan, neil young and joni mitchell, and i was way into
rickie lee jones. so it was a wide array, but i didn't really listen
or get into punk music until college. i discovered that a little late,
and when i did, i was like, "whoa! this is where it's at."

i'm curious: i think this may have coincided with your 20-year high
school reunion. did you go?

[laughs.] i missed the most recent one, but i've been to all the other
ones. i keep in touch with my high school friends, so i know where
they're at and they know where i am. and you know what? i don't know
why those things (high school songs) came up for me, but i think maybe
it's because i had started a new relationship, and when you start
something new like that, you always reference things that were
formative to you in your head. like when you're trying to figure out
who you are, why you like certain people and where your problems come
from. what made you stronger and what made you weaker. i think it all
came from falling in love with somebody new and just checking in on
all of that stuff, you know?

what about the prom? did you go?

i did. i think i went like every year! [laughs.]

did you go with guys or girls?

i went with guys, but my senior year i went by myself. but see, my
quote unquote "girlfriend" went alone too, so we hooked up there at
the prom. we planned to not have a date so that we could be each
other's dates.

well, that's mighty romantic. did you dance?

i can't really remember, but i know i didn't dance with guys. but you
know what i think happened? i think we went for a while and then just
ditched it and went someplace else -- you know how that happens?
[laughs.]

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