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ig-news-digest         sunday, august 24 2008         volume 10 : number 143

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  [ig-news] amy interview from kuar   [sherlyn koo <>]


date: sat, 23 aug 2008 19:32:51 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] amy interview from kuar

hey folks,
here's an amy article/interview from the kuar (arkansas public radio) web site.  you can read it online at
shame they couldn't get her name right though, heh...
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rays is on the move
musician amy ray discusses her solo career and her latest work with the indigo girls.
by shane harrison
amy ray isn't just half of the indigo girls. she's also a solo artist with, as of today, three albums to her credit.
she has her own record label. she even has her own online tv station on, but you can see her video posts on her myspace page ( over the past couple of weeks, she's posted impromptu acoustic versions of songs from her new album, "didn't it feel kinder."
in between work on those videos, we sat down with ray in the offices of indigo girls manager russell carter near downtown atlanta to talk about album no. 3, her label daemon, touring plans and what's happening with the indigo girls.
on daemon records: "i decided to take a couple of years, straighten out all the bookkeeping, make sure everything is really solid, the web site, just make sure everything works. i want to do it myself until i understand it.
"then i want to understand what a record label is for anymore. because indie artists, like (daemon artists) girlyman for instance, i kept telling them, 'you guys do not need a label. you can do everything for yourselves. i'm taking money from you that you don't need to give me.'
"there's still a place for someone who's willing to create infrastructure and work the record and do all that so the artist can just tour and do their thing."
on the new album: "it's definitely more diverse than the others. it's got a couple of mellower sort of numbers on it. and one that's kind of more soul, 'she's got to be,' which also probably has some '70s rock influence on it. like 'birds of a feather,' (atlanta band three5human's) tomi martin came in and played guitar on it, and it became an almost built to spill/pink floyd-y kind of song. it was something different before, but i love the way it is now. 'bus bus' is very influenced by modern stuff.
"'who sold the gun' is really clash-influenced. but 'out on the farm' and 'rabbit foot,' those two kind of quiet things, those are directly collaborative with arizona, this band i play with. so those really draw on a lot of their influences."
on upcoming shows and tours: "i have an indigo girls tour in september, but i'm going to new york for a week and playing a show with this. arizona's going to come up there and brandi carlile is going to sit in, and we're doing a cd release show at this place called housing works cafe in support of their hiv and homelessness program. they do great things in the community, so we're going to raise money for them and do a cd release party at the same time.
"then here, i'll do something. i wanted to wait a couple of months. last time i toured right when i put the record out and it didn't feel that good. i mean, it felt good playing, but it was hard to draw, the record hadn't been out long enough and it just felt like i needed to plant the seed a little better."
what's going on with the indigo girls: "(after the september dates) we'll reconvene in february with a new record that we just finished.
"i finished my solo one, and then a few weeks later emily and i started arranging songs. we had a lot of stuff worked up, then we got dropped by hollywood, our label...mitchell froom called us and was like, 'i still want to produce the record.' we went into the studio and did a record in three weeks."
who's putting out the indigo girls record: "we are. not daemon, but just us. we're going to put it out through (manager carter's) office and get a distribution deal that has good coverage. it's good. i don't want to be on a label anymore. i wouldn't mind being on daemon, but i think that's too much of a conflict because if emily was having a problem with the record label, she'd have to talk to me about it. (laughs) that wouldn't work."
shane harrison writes for the atlanta journal-constitution.
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