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.