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Indigo Girls Happy With Recent Changes

Of the Oakland Press

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A change, as their friend Sheryl Crow once sang, is doing the Indigo Girls good these days.

The Georgia duo of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, which formed in 1985, recently switched record companies and enlisted a new producer, Mitchell Froom, to produce a new album, “Despite Our Differences.”

“We needed some new life, ’cause we’ve been at this a long time,” explains Saliers, 42. “It’s a good time for us, I think. There’s no doubt there’s a lot of new energy around us.”

Despite that, Saliers acknowledges she had some reservations when she and Ray went to Froom’s Los Angeles studio to make “Despite Our Differences.”

“When I got there, I saw it was kind of a small space, not a super-cool studio with isolation booths anywhere,” Saliers says. “There were vintage amps everywhere — an amp in the bathroom, even. It was real homey, but I was thinking, ‘This is gonna be too vulnerable to sing here.’

“So I was kind of freaked out — ‘Oh my God, this is really different ...’ — but in the end it was perfect. The layers all got along, and we totally trusted Mitchell. I really liked the intimacy of the sessions, but I couldn’t have predicted that.”

Indigo Girls and Three5Human perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (October 20th) at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Tickets are $35. Call (734) 668-8463 or visit

Web Site: www.michtheater.org

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