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ig-news-digest         saturday, june 14 2008         volume 10 : number 125

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  [ig-news] denver post article       [sherlyn koo <>]


date: sat, 14 jun 2008 15:13:21 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] denver post article

hi folks,
here's an article from the denver post.  you can read this online at
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indigo girls stretch out to keep the band fresh
by john wenzel
the denver post
article last updated: 06/12/2008 11:00:47 pm mdt
the indigo girls play sunday at boulder's chautauqua and monday at the denver
botanic gardens. (jeremy cowart )
most musicians can only dream of becoming industry fixtures that consistently
move units, tour to loyal fans and briefly streak across the pop-culture radar
every couple of years.
the problem with fixtures, of course, is that they also tend to gather dust.
that's why emily saliers and amy ray appreciate the value of a break. when not
meshing their voices and acoustic guitar work in their band, the indigo girls,
saliers and ray find separate outlets for creativity.
"we both believe in doing our own things individually, and then it's that much
stronger," saliers said over the phone recently.
the two have been writing songs under the indigo girls name for 23 years.
although their folk-rock talents are complementary, saliers and ray have stayed
strong by exploring their muses outside the band.
ray, for example, is preparing her third solo album, "didn't it feel kinder,"
for an early august release.
"there's a musical side of her that she can't really express in the way we do
things together," saliers said. "it's her punk rock side, and she doesn't need
harmony from me for her punk rock side."
saliers owns a popular  and respected  restaurant in decatur, ga., called
watershed, named after a 1990 indigo girls song. the 10-year-old establishment
is run by chef scott peacock, who garnered the james beard foundation's "best
chef in the southeast" in 2007. the southern-style eatery takes pride in its
fresh, seasonal, regionally grown ingredients.
"i've been a foodie all my life, even when i was a kid," saliers said. "so
watershed is very near and dear to my heart. i actually just ate dinner there
last night, and my family goes to dinner there a lot. it's the kind of stuff
that your grandmother would make if you grew up in the south."
ok, so maybe grandma didn't make salmon croquettes or butter-bean hummus with
crudites, but saliers' enthusiasm seems heartfelt. her personality represents
the more sensitive, balladeering side of the indigo girls, responsible for
melody- drenched crowd faves like "history of us" and "galileo."
when the indigo girls play sold-out shows at boulder's chautauqua auditorium on
sunday and the denver botanic gardens on monday, fans can expect to hear those
songs and others spanning the duo's 10 albums.
"everybody in the audience has a favorite song of his or hers, so we try to do a
set that's as well-rounded as possible," saliers said, adding that the band
always leaves a couple spots open for fan requests.
a handful of tracks on indigo girls' most recent album, 2006's "despite our
differences," also have the makings of future crowd favorites  though it's
unlikely the duo will rise to the same grammy- winning, multiplatinum prominence
it achieved in the late '80s and early '90s with mainstream radio hits like
"closer to fine."
that suits the duo just fine. their never-ending supply of musical inspiration
(saliers is lately digging mary j. blige, sia and the weepies), assured fanbase
and activist bent is keeping them consistently busy. they're currently preparing
to release another album in february 2009.
"it was done quickly and expediently, so i think there's a freshness to it,"
saliers said. "some of it's poppy, some of it's heavy and contemplative, and on
some amy sings in this nice falsetto she's started doing."
john wenzel: 303-954-1642 or
indigo girls
folk-rock. when the indigo girls play sold-out shows at boulder's chautauqua
auditorium on sunday and the denver botanic gardens on monday, fans can expect
to hear hits like "closer to fine" and other songs spanning the duo's 10 albums.
precedence: bulk

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