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XPN Fest: Amy Ray closes the weekend sans Sailers in stellar solo performance

Amy Ray Band | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

The Indigo Girls are incredibly prolific. The duo of Amy Ray and Emily Sailers have been around for nearly 35 years, making politically driven folk-rock. So when a pair is that well known, it can be hard for each member’s solo project to find success. However,  Amy Ray is an anomaly. She has found the time to release six solo studio albums while continuing to make music with Sailers. On Sunday night, Amy Ray played a stellar festival-closing performance at the XPNFest waterfront stage.  Continue reading →

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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)

Courtesy of the artist
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 →