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Amy Ray
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Amy Ray performing at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, USA, during the tour promoting her 2012 solo album, Lung of Love.
Background information
Birth nameAmy Elizabeth Ray
Born (1964-04-12) April 12, 1964 (age 54)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
OriginGeorgia, U.S.
GenresFolk rock
Years active1985–present
Associated actsIndigo Girls

Amy Elizabeth Ray (born April 12, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and member of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls.[1] She also pursues a solo career and has released six albums under her own name, and founded a record company, Daemon Records.

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[Guitar playing] - Well we were just, [Laughing] - Ok, [Laughing] - Ok well then maybe, um. - Do you need longer on the minor or the major? - Um? - It'd be the, um, second one? - Both? - Both! - Oh sorry I'm reading reading these capo chords! Sorry about that! [Inaudible conversation] - Yes, Just keep playing through. [Banjo being played] [Laughter] [Guitar Strumming] - Lets start from the beginning of the song. - One, two, three. [Music plays] What I mean to be is curious on this record. I have a daughter who's four now and you see things so differently. And I think everyone has that click moment in their life when they feel that way, and it inspire you. This album is all the guys that I have played with for the past four years. Jim Brock on drums, Kerry Brooks on bass, Matt Smith on pedal steel, Adrian Carter on fiddle, and Jeff Fielder on guitar. That's my touring band. But, we had been opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band and so we had a couple of rehearsals with their keyboard player, Kofi Burbridge. And Kofi was totally like into it, and so he's part of the band now. After playing with these guys for four years I was like "Lets make the record." - And you can trade off to a chop too if you guys want to do that. - Yea, 'cause that's what I was thinking! Yea 'cause that's what I wrote too. Ill chop there you fill there - Okay, cool! - and then maybe, we could trade. - Yea thats what you do anyway. - We can absolutely do that! [Guitar Strumming] We're in Asheville right now at Echo Mountain. We're recording to two inch analog tape so everything's been live. - We moving to the next number? - Sparrow's Boogie! - Yea I think we got this! The song that kinda started me thinking about this new record was a song I wrote for a poet in north Georgia, Byron Herbert Reece. I started writing and it was this slow ballad and I was like, "No, no, no, no! That's not what he would want!" And so I wrote a boogie. Brian Speiser is producing the record and he produced Good Night Tender. I find him to be great at arrangement and great at hearing the sonic field. And then he brought Bobby Tis in as an engineer and he's just really good at getting incredible sounds. - Wait a second! Lets try one more run through! [Music Playing] When we record a record, we just wanna be doing it because we love it. And we just fit it in in a way that's gonna make us really happy. When I make Indigo Girl records, it's to pro tools, and its like, you know you can comp a vocal from fifteen tracks, you know, you can do whatever you want! This demands like a totally different discipline and it wears me out, but I really love it. - And then that should take you back into a- [Music playing] For this record I would send little demos to Brian Speiser and I would say, "Brian, what do you think?" And he'd be like, "Alright, take this song. Write a bridge for it." Or "Take this song, take the bridge out. Use it as a chorus instead." We tried to make the music as timeless as possible. I was sitting in the room working on this song called "Holler". I was like, working on it just for fun and they had my mikes open and like, different guys from the band came in and went "What's that song your playin'? It's really beautiful!" And I was like "Hmm... I'm gonna finish this song!" And so I sat in there during my breaks in the last few days and I finished it. We learned it. We recorded it. Turned out to be like one of our favorite things, you know? And I was like "That's what Im gonna call the record!" Its just a love song, and that's fun to have just a love song. I think a lot of this record is about appreciating your experiences that you've had and not looking at them in a negative way. These kind of records, the reality is, they're meant to reflect some kind of humbleness of place and time and spirit. How I feel in the face of all the big stuff going on. - That's what I want, I want curiosity, I don't want preachin'.



Amy Ray
Amy Ray

Born in Decatur, Georgia, Amy Ray met Emily Saliers when they both attended the same elementary school.[2] They began performing together and recorded a demo in 1981. After graduation, Ray and Saliers went to different colleges with Ray attending Vanderbilt University.[3] By 1985, both women had transferred to Emory University in Atlanta and formed the Indigo Girls.[3] In 1986, Ray graduated from Emory with majors in English and Religion.[citation needed]

In March 2001, Ray released her first solo album, Stag, a southern and punk rock album. The Butchies, a punk band whose members include Kaia Wilson, Melissa York, and Alison Martlew, provided support for five songs, and Joan Jett played on "Hey Castrator". In April 2005, Ray released the softer edged[4] Prom, and in December 2006, she released Live from Knoxville. Her fourth solo album, the melodic[4] Didn't It Feel Kinder, was released in August 2008. Lung of Love, which has more of an indie-rock sound,[4] was released in 2012.[4][5]

Her backup band for her Stag tour was The Butchies. In 2004, when she embarked on her Prom tour, she brought Les Nuby (guitar), Will Lochamy (drums), and Jody Bleyle (bass). Tara Jane O'Neil replaced Bleyle when she began maternity leave in October.[citation needed] Ray's backup band for her 2012 Lung of Love tour was The Butchies. Jenn Stone, former keyboard player for Kesha, also performed on the tour.[5]

Ray currently lives in the foothills of North Georgia. She and her partner, Carrie Schrader, have a daughter, Ozilline Graydon.[6]

Side projects

Kaia Wilson and Amy Ray on stage
Kaia Wilson and Amy Ray on stage

In addition to the Indigo Girls[7][8] and her work as a solo artist, Ray also runs an independent record label, Daemon Records, which she founded in 1990 and which is based in Decatur, Georgia.[8] Some performers signed to Daemon include Girlyman, Magnapop, Nineteen Forty-Five, Michelle Malone, Three Finger Cowboy, Danielle Howle and the Tantrums, Gerard McHugh, New Mongrels, Grady Cousins, The Oblivious, Snow Machine, Utah Phillips and Rose Polenzani.

She often collaborates with The Butchies, a punk band featuring drummer Melissa York and vocalist/guitarist Kaia Wilson. She has contributed the live track "Lucy Stoners" on Calling All Kings & Queens (2001) and the Mr. Lady Records sampler album as well as a live recording of "On Your Honor" on a compilation for Home Alive.

Ray is also an activist involved in multiple political and social causes, including gay rights, low-power broadcasting, women's rights, indigenous struggles, gun control, environmental protection and the anti-death penalty movement among others. She has made several trips to Chiapas, Mexico to support the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

In 1993, she and Emily Saliers co-founded Honor the Earth with Winona LaDuke. Honor the Earth's mission is "to create awareness and support for Native [American] environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native [American] communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard."[9]

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) appears on her 2014 album Goodnight Tender, and she and Vernon continue to maintain a friendship.[10]

Ray was also a judge for the 3rd[11] and 11th Annual[12] Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.


Studio albums

Live albums


  1. ^ Kelly McCartney (1964-04-12). "Amy Ray | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  2. ^ Burns, Rebecca (June 2003). "From Brenda Lee to Ludacris: A Sonic Portrait of Our City". Atlanta Magazine. Emmis Communications. 43 (2): 80. ISSN 0004-6701. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Malkin, John (2005). Sounds of freedom: musicians on spirituality & social change. Parallax. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-888375-47-3.
  4. ^ a b c d Baca, Ricardo (3 March 2012). "Amy Ray: An Indigo Girl gone solo — but only temporarily". The Denver Post.
  5. ^ a b Rodman, Sarah (13 April 2012). "Amy Ray's 5 top things about touring as a solo girl". The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ Ruggieri, Melissa (10 January 2014). "Amy Ray talks new country album, new baby and Indigo Girls". Access Atlanta.
  7. ^ Caramanica, Jon (17 June 2009). "Where the Outdoors Are Humming With Melodies and Messages". New York Times.
  8. ^ a b Mina Carson; Tisa Lewis; Susan M. Shaw (2004). Girls rock!: fifty years of women making music. UP of Kentucky. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-8131-2310-3.
  9. ^ "Campaigns". Honor the Earth. Archived from the original on 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  10. ^ "Episode 22 - Amy Ray (Indigo Girls)". Cigar City Management. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  11. ^ "3rd Annual IMA Judges" Archived 2015-11-12 at the Wayback Machine.. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.
  12. ^ "11th Annual IMA Judges. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.

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