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Interview:
Indigo Girls Exercise Their Independence
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The Indigo Girls have always displayed an independent spirit. Now the Georgia duo is applying it to their business as well.

“Poseidon and the Bitter Bug,” the Indigos’ latest album — and first in three years — is the first to be released on their IG Recordings imprint after a long association with major labels.

“There’s no doubt we felt liberated by being independent,” says Emily Saliers, 45, who’s been singing with Indigo mate Amy Ray since childhood. “It felt good. We’re a seasoned team. We have the same manager we’ve had since the late ’80s, a lot of the same office people. We’ve established relations with radio stations and people in radio.

“It was just time to be (independent). Now we’re not under the yoke of the marketing department at some record label; not a lot of creative thinking goes on at those places in terms of how to get the music out there. We’re just tired of having a system operating over our heads that’s not working for us.”

But neither Saliers nor Ray has any desire to turn IG Recordings into a home for other artists — for now.

“That probably won’t happen any time soon — but I wouldn’t discount it as an idea down the line, definitely,” says Ray, 45, who also operates her own label, Daemon Records. “It takes a long time to really get your infrastructure working and stuff. It takes a while to establish yourself in that way.

“So for me (IG), is just a way for us to put our records out now. But who knows what may come next.”



Indigo Girls and Jennifer O’Connor perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $35. Call (734) 668-8463 or visit www.michtheater.org.

Web Site: www.michtheater.org

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