The Center For The Arts Presents Indigo Girls Amythyst Kiah opening
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“Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos. The sublime music-making-machine-skewering “Making Promises” is one of their finest rockers.” – The Boston Herald
“Their 14th studio album finds the Indigo Girls operating as powerfully as at any time in their career, on a set of uncommonly strong songs performed with the kind of typically understated Nashville polish that affords their signature harmonies the full spotlight.”
– The Independent (UK)
Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.
After signing to Epic Records in 1988, the Indigo Girls released their critically acclaimed eponymous album to thunderous praise; it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 35 weeks, earned double platinum status, received a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” and won “Best Contemporary Folk Recording.” They were overnight folk icons who continued to live up to the high standards they’d set for themselves: they’ve since released 14 albums (3 platinum and 3 gold), received six Grammy nominations and have won one. Indigo Girls have toured with innumerable star acts including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Jewel and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by supporting numerous social causes – the Indigo Girls don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk. Having established an intensely dedicated fan base, the duo continues to remain relevant and attract new fans. With their latest release, Beauty Queen Sister, released on IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard Records, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most legendary musical acts of this generation.
In 2015 Indigo Girls released their 16th studio album, One Lost Day, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin and mixed by Brian Joseph.Amythyst Kiah
A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, she studied old time music and music performance, and it proved to be a pivotal moment in her life as she transformed from a long-time closet musician into a well-rounded, captivating performer.
Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).
Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.
Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.
The girls met each other in elementary school in Decatur, Georgia. They formed the Indigo Girls while at Emory University in the mid '80s and began performing at the local college scene. They released a self-titled EP in 1987 before cutting their debut LP, Strange Fire, later that year. Indigo Girls tour dates were scheduled throughout Georgia in the hopes that they could secure a recording contract off the hype that their live performances generated. As luck and talent would have it, they were signed to Epic Records in 1988 following a string of successful women folk acts like Tracy Chapman. Their major label debut, Indigo Girls, was released in 1988 and hit #22 on the Billboard 200. The album featured the hit "Closer to Fine", and earned the duo a Grammy Award in 1990 for Best Contemporary Folk Album and a Platinum plaque. The Indigo Girls toured and performed at hundreds of concerts, highlighting their passion for live performance.
After releasing several more albums in the '90s, the Indigo Girls scored their first top ten album with Swamp Ofelia in 1994. They followed this up with their highest charting album to-date, Shaming of the Sun, which peaked at #7 in 1997. That year, the Indigo Girls toured to promote the disc and headlined the first annual Lillith Fair Tour, which featured female musicians. During the early part of the 2000s, the girls released two more well-received albums before parting ways with Epic Records. They then moved over to Hollywood Records, released one album, Despite Our Differences, and were subsequently dropped from the label during the Indigo Girls' tour in 2007.
The Indigo Girls then decided to go independent and began releasing their unique politically charged folk music their own way. They started an independent label, IG Recordings, and released Poseidon and the Bitter Bug in 2009. The Indigo Girls are also very politically active in the environmentalist movement and have Greenpeace representatives along tour stops at Indigo Girls concerts. The Indigo Girls developed the Honor The Earth Tour to raise awareness on college campuses. The duo closed out the decade with another album, Holly Happy Days, and have been promoting the disc on the road ever since its release in 2010. Don't miss a date on the Indigo Girls concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Indigo Girls tour dates and concert tour information.