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  • “Howl At The Moon”
  • “A Practice Inside”
  • “Dairy Queen”
  • “Nation Radio”

Emily Saliers and Amy Ray of Indigo Girls usually are not solely achieved songwriters and performers within the midst of a 35-year profession. They’re additionally tireless activists for causes starting from gun management to indigenous rights to, extra just lately, the removing of accomplice monuments from city squares — one thing that Ray says, as somebody who grew up within the South, took her a while to totally perceive the implications of.

“I am like a redneck.  I am like any person who had come to this, you realize, from after I was a child and having the insurgent flag and pondering it was so cool.  I needed to understand what all this meant.”

That type of self-reflection and honesty is frequent whenever you speak to the Indigo Girls — and whenever you hearken to their music. It is a part of the rationale they’re so beloved, and why they have been capable of put out 16 albums, together with their newest, Look Lengthy, which was launched in April. I spoke to them in mid-August, and at the moment you may hear our dialog and stay performances they recorded of a few of the new songs — and an outdated favourite of theirs, too.


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