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ig-news-digest       thursday, february 3 2011       volume 13 : number 001

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] charleston city paper interview  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopol]


date: thu, 03 feb 2011 11:46:16 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] charleston city paper interview

hi folks,

here's an emily interview from the charleston city paper.  you can  
read it online at


- ---begin forwarded article---
the indigo girls work from experience
those unpredictable folkies
by greg hambrick

indigo girls amy ray and emily saliers traveled often between atlanta  
and charleston in the 1980s. before finding fame with hits like  
"joking" and "galileo," they simply entertained fans in local clubs.

"there were little satellite places we would go," saliers says.  
"charleston was a kind of home away from home for us. we built quite a  
following there."

the indigo girls bring their southern-styled harmonies and acoustic  
folk-rock hooks to the performing arts center on tues. feb. 8. they  
usually play large venues like this these days, but the intimate  
format is the same: two singer/guitarists strumming and singing for an  
attentive crowd.

currently on tour, ray and saliers have julie wolf alongside on  
keyboards and accordion. but you never know who will end up on stage.

"we started as a bar band where everybody was invited on stage,"  
saliers says. "it's a down-home approach to music. we do it for the  
love of their music."

folk/pop-rock charleston band a fragile tomorrow will open the show,  
and they'll likely return to the stage to back up the girls on the  
1989 hit "closer to fine." they previously helped out on that track  
for the indigo girls' recent live album, stared down the brilliant  

saliers says the audience will get a healthy dose of classics,  
including "shame on you," along with newer songs that strike a cord  
with audiences, like "love of our lives" and "sugar tongue." the  
setlist changes every night, but they always leave some room for a  
favorite song from the crowd.

"every once and a while, you get something obscure," saliers says. "if  
we still know it, we'll play it."

saliers and ray have a healthy discography to choose from after three  
decades performing together. saliers is a bit nonchalant about the  

"there are different keys to the success of the relationship," she  
says. "there's the longevity of the friendship and that we have very  
different creative outlets independent of each other."

the duo is working on a new studio album, but they've left the record  
labels behind. saliers found that it wasn't scary at all to go  
independent in 2007 after a split from hollywood records.

"i wanted more than amy to try a label that might give us some more  
exposure," she says. "but when hollywood dropped us, it was  
liberating. we have all the contacts that we need ? all the avenues to  
get music out there. it's competitive, but the environment for  
creativity fits us very well. this is the most productive we've been."

?greg hambrick

the indigo girls

w/ a fragile tomorrow
tues. feb. 8
8 p.m.
north charleston performing arts center
$55, $43.50 (adv.)

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