Folk performers Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have known each other since they were ten year olds in Decatur, Georgia. As the Indigo Girls , they've been performing together since the 80s. The folk duo, who write their own music, don't shy away from being both literate and political. But they chose their name, they say, simply because it had the right ring. "We needed a name and we went through the dictionary looking for words that struck us and indigo was one," Emily told NPR's Neal Conan.
Though they're long-standing performing partners, when it comes to composing music, they aren't co-writers. "We go into our separate spaces to write. It becomes an Indigo Girl song once we arrange it," Emily says, adding that, this kind of solo creative process allows them their individuality.Though they also lead separate lives offstage, their shared sensibilites help keep the Indigo Girls passionate. They're completely in tune about performing only meaningful music, infused with political activism. Their 2006 song, "Pendulum Swinger," from their CD "Despite Our Differences," was "really topical for the time. It takes on patriarchy, the church and the Bush administration," Amy says. Emily described it on Songfacts.com as "a little bit of a purging. It takes on more than one big issue. It takes on the patriarchy in the church, and the squelching of women's voices in power within organized religion."
This Grammy-winning singer-songwriter duo also has a passion for performing live. Don't miss the chance to witness Indigo Girl's intimate evening at Ridgefield Playhouse on November 2 at 8 p.m. Lucy Wainwright Roche is the special guest. Tickets are $70. A VIP Party Pass, that includes special parking, a pre-show party and more, is also available. For information, visit Ridgefield Playhouse's website.
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