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ig-news-digest       tuesday, november 23 2010       volume 12 : number 044

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] etown show review from reverb  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis]


date: tue, 23 nov 2010 11:04:08 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] etown show review from reverb

hey folks,

here's a review of the denver etown show, from reverb.  url is in the

- -sherlyn

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live review: indigo girls, tim o'brien (etown) @ the boulder theater
by colleen smith | november 22nd, 2010
november 23, 2010

the indigo girls presented several songs from their new holiday record
"holly happy days" during their appearance on etown sunday night at the
boulder theater. warmly welcomed on a cold winter's night, the indigo girls
performed their first set with backup from the etones. they did one new
seasonal song written by amy ray and one written by emily saliers, in
addition to "in the bleak midwinter," a favorite christmas song of both of
their mothers, the singers said.

the indigo girls' original holiday music has a bluegrass twang and,
naturally, their strong and limber vocals, tight harmonies and strumming.
on first listen (or second listen), these new christmas songs felt somewhat
forced. for me, listening felt akin to opening a gift of a christmas
sweater that's a tick too tight and the wrong color, but wearing it anyway
so as not to hurt the feelings of the giver. of the three-song holiday set,
i preferred "in the bleak midwinter," and i'd be curious to hear their
other christmas covers.

in keeping with their inclusive, progressive spirit, the indigo girls
intentionally created a holiday record rather than an exclusively christmas
record. in the "holly happy days" mix, a hanukkah song fits in admirably
with christian stand-bys such as "angels we have heard on high" and "o holy
night" and contemporary hits such as "i'll be home for christmas."

etown host nick forster kept his line of questions for the indigo girls to
christmas-related topics. ray said she enjoys "one trip to the mall."
saliers said her christmas wish is for everybody to listen more and judge

tim o'brien, who also recently released a new record, "chicken & egg," his
13th solo album, performed a solid set.

the indigo girls returned to the stage to perform the songs that many in
the audience came to hear: "shame on you," "galileo" and "closer to fine."

the show ended on a high note with an ensemble jam finale, with all
players pulling it together for a rousing rendition of the country classic
"christmas time's a' comin'."

outside the theater, snow fell quietly; and the lights on the boulder mall
twinkled to signal that the holiday season really is here again.

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colleen smith is the author of "glass halo"ba novel selected as a finalist
for the santa fe literary prize -- available at denver bookstores and on

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