Interview with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls

Words by Rob Nicholson

It has been over 35 years since Emily Saliers and Amy Ray teamed up to form what would become the Indigo Girls—or, as “Rolling Stone” has called them “ideal duet partners.” Together, multi-platinum, Grammy Award winners and ferocious songwriters. And they aren’t limited to the success of the Indigo Girls. Both Sailers and Ray have solo records and careers, working and collaborating on all kinds of projects including films and musicals. They are even the subject matter of a new documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January called “It’s Only Life After All.”

The Indigo Girls are currently touring in support of their 16th studio album called “Look Long” that they recorded in Bath, England at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. But for their upcoming show in Jacksonville, they won’t be focused on their new material. Instead, they will be playing their major hits and some surprising deep cuts—with the Jacksonville Symphony. The one-of-a-kind show takes place April 21 at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts and will raise funds for JASMYN, which assists LGBTQ+ youth in the region with their wellbeing and mental health, employment, education, and housing.

I sat down with Emily in a video interview to talk about old times when we were just kids, running around Atlanta, doing bar shows and playing around on the radio. We talk about how a folk duo goes through the process of becoming a symphonic experience, the importance of supporting the LGBTQIA+ community and activism, and how much they LOVE Jacksonville.

To watch the full interview, click here.



About Rob Nicholson

Rob started his media career in the late 80’s working in the Press Office at the Georgia House of Representatives. From there, Rob segued in to Radio at The Voice of Georgia State University, WRAS Album 88.5 in Atlanta. In the early 90’s Rob was picked up by the Radio 2000 Group and became Program Director and later Vice President of Programming USA. In the late 90’s, while running 3 music-driven radio stations in Springfield, Missouri, Rob had the opportunity to put together and launch, Southwest Missouri’s Regional Periodical, 417 Magazine. A publication that is still in circulation today. After selling his interests in Radio 2000 in the early 2000’s, Rob returned to his hometown of Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be near family. For 10 years he worked with the Clear Channel Radio Stations: Planet Radio and KISS-FM. In 2010, Rob took a hiatus from radio and went in to concert promotion and event planning, while also running the now 30 year old Beaches Hospitality Network – the organization that is well known for bringing the Superbowl, 2004 to the beaches area. When presented with the opportunity to work with Folio Weekly Magazine, Rob said, “there was no way I could resist an opportunity to work with the local, independent news magazine in the city I’m from. I can’t wait to get to work every morning”. Rob currently resides in North Jax Beach with his brother, Rich and dog, Tonka.