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ig-news-digest       wednesday, october 4 2006       volume 09 : number 065

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  [ig-news] news&observer article     [sherlyn koo <>]


date: tue, 3 oct 2006 21:36:28 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] news&observer article

hi folks,

here's a little article / emily interview from the news & observer in nc.  you
can read it online at:


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finely balanced
on their latest cd, and in their work with aids awareness, the indigo girls find
the personal in the political

missy baxter, correspondent

life is a balancing act for emily saliers, one half of the grammy-winning indigo
girls. "we try to find the right balance in our music, our activism and our
lives, in general," said the 43-year-old singer/songwriter. "it's all about
achieving the right mix."

saliers' collaboration with amy ray has spanned more than two decades. what
began as a basement band during high school in decatur, ga., has evolved into
one of this generation's most lasting folk duos.

the indigo girls' interest in aids awareness is bringing them sunday to cary's
koka booth amphitheatre for the carolina hope festival. proceeds from the
festival will benefit beacon of hope, a nonprofit organization in nairobi,
kenya, created in 2001 to address the hiv/aids pandemic and its effects among
women in poor communities.

"even if we weren't musicians, i believe we would still be activists," saliers
said. "both amy and i were raised in a way that encouraged us to help others
when we can. we truly enjoy working with organizations that are trying to
improve the condition of the world."

the indigo girls' activism and their careers shifted into overdrive in 1989
after the release of their self-titled debut, which earned a grammy for best
contemporary folk recording.

"i believe it's vital for artists to encourage fans to speak out about important
issues," she said. "i think it falls upon all of us to help spread the message
and to do our part."

one of the keys to their success, saliers notes, is the duo's ability to work as
a team, even if they don't always see eye to eye.

"everyone has differences of opinion at times, but communication is the key to
resolving problems," she said.

that message is echoed in their latest cd, "despite our differences," released
earlier this month. although at least one reviewer has called the album the
indigo girls' most politically subtle in a while, several tracks resonate with
strong political messages, including "pendulum swinger," an emotional indictment
of the war on terror.

along with her concerns about war, saliers says, one of the world's most urgent
issues is the need to find alternative fuel sources.

"we have to find a way to provide energy while also doing justice to the earth.
instead of coal energy, we need to look at wind turbines and solar power," she
said. "we need to invest our resources into projects that shift the paradigm.
whether you're talking about the environment and energy or politics and
religion, it's all about keeping a balance that we can all live with."

what: carolina hope festival, benefit for aids awareness and education,
featuring the indigo girls, aimee mann, roman candle and over the rhine.
when: 1:30 to 10:30 p.m. sunday; gates open at 1 p.m.
where: koka booth amphitheatre at regency park in cary.
tickets: $20-$35 adults, $10 for students; free for children 12 and younger.
834-4000 or
details:, (877) 754-7452.

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