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ig-news-digest          friday, may 28 2010          volume 12 : number 016

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  [ig-news] emily interview from the dallas voice  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pix]


date: fri, 28 may 2010 09:24:41 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] emily interview from the dallas voice

hey folks,

here's an emily interview from the dallas voice - you can read it online


- ---begin forwarded article---
musical mamas
by rich lopez | staff writer
may 26, 2010 - 4:28:11 pm

emily saliers of indigo girls helps guides a new generation of lgbt

emily saliers might not call herself a mother, but she is inadvertently
becoming just that. like prince and beyonce, madonna and britney, and
and justin, saliers and her indigo girls bandmate amy ray have found
themselves parental figures to newer musicians.

that's ok, especially since they try to keep it in the family -- the lgbt

"when you're around your peeps, it's just more comfortable to be around,"
saliers says.

the duo will be in dallas supporting its 11th album, poseidon and the
bitter bug, playing the same stage (house of blues) that brandi carlile
performed on just a week ago. all three are lesbian, which gives a common
bond that connects them: indigo girls worked with carlile on her 2007
album, the story, and carlile has opened for them and contributed vocals
their upcoming live cd, staring down the brilliant dream.

"there's an energy to get infused with when we work together, " saliers
says of carlile. "she's so talented and a very nice person. it's inspiring
to be around people like that. and we're pals."

this pairing is quickly becoming a power lesbian musical force while also
passing the torch from one generation to the next ... even if indigo girls
aren't finished making music.

they don't leave the collaborations there, though. working with carlile
wasn't accidental. saliers finds an importance in working with other gay
and lesbian musicians -- not just for comfort's sake, but also for

"it's important that the presence of that community is attached to our
shows," she says. "the band coyote grace has a female-to-male transgender
member and the fans flipped out when they opened our show. we have a bunch
of queer friends who play with us. hey, queer people like to hang out with
queer people."

indigo girls started out 25 years ago in a music scene that was less open
to out gays who weren't of the boy-george-in-your-face-glam variety.  ray
and saliers plugged along with tours and albums without the kind of
mainstream airplay they probably deserved. while perhaps fitting many
stereotypes of coffeehouse granola lesbian folk music, they quietly became
a respected industry in the scene. two decades later, they are easily
legends -- in the music business and in the gay community.

"we started so simply and innocently," saliers recalls. "we did everything
ourselves. i couldn't have guessed this longevity would have happened but
still, i can see how we stood the test of time. it's very gratifying to
have a musical partner like amy."

don't start counting them out yet. this has been one busy year for the
indigo girls.

according to saliers, the team has been working so much harder in the last
few months. staring down will be released in june followed by a holiday
album this fall plus some lilith fair dates. part of this jumpstart in
their career is due to their split with hollywood records and going the
independent route.

"we have been cranking it out," saliers says. "there was nothing a major
label could do for us anymore. we have a renewed sense of purpose and it
allows us to continue. it's fun now that we're independent. we feel

this article appeared in the dallas voice print edition may 28, 2010.

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