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ig-news-digest         saturday, may 19 2007         volume 10 : number 033


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] amy interview from arizona daily star  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pix]


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date: fri, 18 may 2007 18:37:38 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] amy interview from arizona daily star


hi folks,


this is from the arizona daily star.  online at:
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/aznightbuzz/183154.php


cheers,
sherlyn


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published: 05.17.2007


ray's lifeline: indigo girls
by cathalena e. burch
cburch@azstarnet.com


sometimes when she writes songs, amy ray can hear fellow indigo girl emily
saliers.


the song goes from one voice to two, and ray knows instinctively which part is
hers, which is saliers'.


when that happens, the song evolves into more of a folk-rock tune, energetic at
times and at its center introspective and a bit more contemplative. sometimes,
around those softer edges is a driving political argument -- they've rallied for
the environment and against the war -- that the pair hold near and dear.


sometimes, ray hears only one voice, her own. those songs are more
guitar-driven, old-school punk at their core, with a pulsing urgency that is
sometimes dark, always very personal.


"i really feel both things," ray explained in a phone call last month to talk
about the indigo girls' concert at the rialto theatre on sunday.


ray has released two solo albums on a small indie label. she has toured with her
punk band, going out for a month or so before regrouping with saliers.


indigo girls is her lifeline; the solo career is for fun.


"my solo career is pretty small, and it doesn't demand a lot of time," she said.
"i can do about a month of dates, driving with my band in a van."


any more than that would take the fun out of it, but ray confesses standing on
that stage alone and assuming the solo side of her musical personality takes her
to "a magical place. there's no other thing like it," she said.


perhaps on sunday she will play a song or two from her solo material, but mostly
she and saliers will play songs from their 20-year recording career, including
tracks from their latest album, "despite our differences."


it is their 10th career record and the first on their new label, hollywood
records.


ray said she never thought that she and saliers would be marking two decades
recording together. they've been a duo a few years longer than that if you count
the time since they paired up at emory university in the mid-1980s.


"i don't think we ever thought of it. the story of our career has been small
steps, day to day," ray explained.


"we are what we are. we do the best we can, and we have fun."


ray says she especially has fun in tucson. it's been three years since indigo
girls played an intimate show at the now-closed city limits, but ray says tucson
is one of her favorite vacation spots.


"i get a map and get on my bike and go 20 miles out and take lots of water," she
said.


ray lets saliers pick the restaurants -- she's a vegetarian and she loves
mexican food, but don't ask her to name names because she's never taken mental
notes. she can tell you about tucson's thrift stores, though. an avid "junker,"
she tries to take time out to browse among our used treasures.


"there's some great thrift stores in tucson," ray said.


indigo girls in concert
when: 8 p.m. sunday.
where: rialto theatre, 318 e. congress st.
tickets: $31-$36, through the rialto, 740-1000.
et cetera: all-ages show features texas singer-songwriter terry hendrix opening.
online: check out audio samples and a video diary from the pair's "despite our
differences" recording sessions at www.indigogirls.com.


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