lifeblood: listlogs: 2007-011


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Date:    Mon, 29 Jan 2007 15:06:40 +1100
From:    Sherlyn Koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
Subject: Miami Herald article

Hi folks,

Here's an article from the Miami Herald.  You can read it online at:
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/entertainment/weekend/16540937.htm

Cheers,
sherlyn

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Posted on Fri, Jan. 26, 2007=09

The Girls just want to move on

BY LISA ARTHUR
larthur@MiamiHerald.com

Emily Saliers doesn't really want to talk about the Indigo Girls'=
anniversary.

Twenty years ago, the Georgia-based folk-rock duo released its first album
Strange Fire on their own label. Almost immediately, Epic Records came=
courting
with a 10-album deal.

Ten studio albums and 12 million records sold later, it's not that they=
don't
have an abundance to celebrate. A core base of rabid fans has given the=
Girls
enough commercial success over the years to outlast most of the female
singer-songwriters they came up with, including Suzanne Vega and Tracy=
Chapman.

But marking milestones and looking back aren't what Saliers and Amy Ray are=

jazzed about in 2007.

"What really feels good to us is that we're looking ahead at this stage,"
Saliers says over the phone from her home in the Atlanta area. "We have a=
new
record deal on a new label and we plan to keep making new music. We're still=

vibrant."

Their latest CD, Despite our Differences -- the duo's first for Hollywood
Records -- has been lauded as the freshest sounding and strongest collection=
of
songs from the Girls in a decade. They're touring behind Differences and=
make a
stop tonight at Pompano Beach Amphitheater

"This is my favorite record we've ever made," says Saliers. "Making a record=

like this after all this time really bodes well for our future."

The future looked less certain at the end of 2005 when their deal with Epic=
ran
out. They weren't sure how much interest there would be in signing them or=
where
they might land. Despite critical acclaim and their devoted fan base, the=
Indigo
Girls have dwelt mainly on the fringes of the music business without much=
radio
play or face time on MTV or VH-1, especially during the past 10 years.

"We weren't worried that we wouldn't get a deal," Saliers says. "We would=
have
just made a record on our own if we didn't get signed. But to have a label=
like
Hollywood come after us and be excited about us really stimulated us and=
infused
new life into the music."

The 13-track project came together in just six weeks, under the guidance of=

producer Mitchell Froom, who has worked with Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow,=
Los
Lobos, the Corrs and others.

The Indigo Girls' hallmark harmonies are in sweet form on this especially
infectious set of pop songs that range from Ray's power-chord driven rocker,=

Rock and Roll Heaven's Gate, which flips the bird to the music industry and=

features a guest appearance by Pink, to Saliers' country-inflected=
heartbreaker
Last Tears.

Lyrically, the new music marks a new chapter, too. There is less of the
pro-environment, pro-gay rights, pro-social justice in-your-face politics=
than
on their last few releases. Although Pendulum Swinger, an uncharacteristic=
rant
from the usually subtle Saliers, takes on "the church, the patriarchy and=
the
Bush administration -- but it's a pop song. We like doing that. Writing=
about
dark topics in a pop song."

Mostly though, the songwriting reaches back to earlier records that focused=
on
the politics of relationships -- with a new twist. These are mature=
narratives
by two 40-something woman instead of the angsty ballads they wrote 20 years=
ago.

"Both Amy and I really want to keep writing fresh songs," says Saliers. "As=
we
keep observing life, we want to keep evolving as writers. We've always been=
just
a bar band -- we still have that bar band spirit and we've never wanted to
stagnate. We have a lot of new energy working for us right now and we plan=
to
keep going."

=A9 2007 MiamiHerald.com and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
http://www.miami.com

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