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Free at Noon Flashback: Amy Ray and her band offer a delightful start to the holiday weekend

Amy Ray and XPN go way back. She has appeared at World Cafe Live and on World Cafe the show countless times, both as one half of Indigo Girls and as a solo artist. She will play World Cafe Live again tonight and XPoNential fest in July. Before all that though, she and her band treated us to a fantastic Free at Noon set. It was a great way to roll into the long weekend.

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Amy Ray pays tribute to Duane Allman on Folkadelphia, Volume II

Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Leyla McCalla, Coal Town Miners, Slowey and the Boats are just a few few of the artists that appear on the recently released Folkadelphia Volume II, a collection of in-studio performances from WXPN’s weekly Folkadelphia radio show, hosted by Fred Knittel.

Recorded last April, singer-songwriter and guitarist Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls stopped by to do a session and she and her band performed material from her recent Americana/country leaning Goodnight Tender. Continue reading →

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Download 12 free songs from Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls

Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

One half of the Indigo Girls along with Emily Saliers, singer-songwriter Amy Ray has had a prolific solo career, and founded her own record label, Daemon Records, in 1989.

In addition to an excellent body of work Ray has recorded with Saliers as the Indigo Girls, Ray has released a handful of solo albums, since her debut, Stag, came out in 2001. Her recent album, Goodnight Tender, was released in January of this year. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls)

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Courtesy of the artist

Goodnight Tender, the new solo album from Amy Ray, is not a record to be taken lightly. It feels like a project that was mulled over, devised, and labored on for a long period of time. As such it demands our respect and undivided attention. It’s a brave and utterly successful musical step for Ray. Unquestionably different than her other solo albums, as well as her work with the Indigo Girls, it is very much a feat of pure Americana. Continue reading →

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The gullible Baffled Knight and a rocking country session from Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

John Byam Shaw - The Baffled Knight or Lady's Policy
John Byam Shaw – The Baffled Knight or Lady’s Policy

While many traditional ballads, stories, and songs made the trip across the Atlantic to be taken up, transformed, and adapted by the Americans, some of them were not particularly widely circulated despite popularity in Europe. Such is the case with the bawdy and humorous “The Baffled Knight” or “Blow Away The Morning Dew,” a pastourelle (an Old French lyric form concerning the romance of a shepherd/shepherdess) and Child Ballad (#112). Continue reading →

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Amy Ray put on a stunning performance of rock and folk at World Cafe Live

Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Armed with a mandolin and guitar as well as a voice rich with empathy and justice, Amy Ray stirred the ears and minds of an adoring crowd at World Café Live on Saturday night. With a band six deep and a growing catalog of solo albums at her fingertips, including 2014’s Goodnight Tender, Ray put on a stunning performance of Southern rock, country and folk.

The new record figured heavily into the night’s proceedings. Songs like “Hunter’s Prayer” (dedicated to a couple of her occasional collaborators in the audience), “Oyster and Pearl” and “My Dog” spun evocative tales around layers of fiddle and pedal steel. Among the supporting players were drummer Allison Miller, who had played with Natalie Merchant earlier in the day, and Megafaun’s Phil and Brad Cook. (Phil Cook opened the show with an odd yet lovely set.)

“Let It Ring” and “Johnny Rottentail” proved the most pointed moments of the night, with Ray playing mandolin with a punk-rock fervor. And even if she couldn’t satisfy every wish of the crowd (like “Laramie” or any Indigo Girls tracks), the joy was palpable. Fans danced and clapped throughout the 90-minute show and clamored for setlists and other relics well after the lights came up. The desire for more music will be sated in the summer when Ray and Emily Saliers bring the Indigo Girls to the new Delaware County venue Sun Center on August 12.