Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray talks tours, country music and performing live with a symphony

By : Gregg Shapiro
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Years in the making, “Indigo Girls Live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra” is a breathtaking experience. Even if you don’t like live albums—you weren’t there, were you?—this one is an exception.

Comprised of 22 songs, representing nine of the Indigo Girls’ (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) baker’s dozen studio albums, the Indigo Girls do an excellent job of representing the expected hits like “Power of Two,” “Galileo,” and “Kid Fears.” They also showcase popular deep cuts and a generous supply of more recent numbers like “Sugar Tongue,” “Able To Sing,” and “Happy In the Sorrow Key.” The stunning symphonic set closes with a rousing rendition of “Closer To Fine,” complete with sing-along. As familiar as your oldest friends, you’ll never hear these songs the same way again.

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05.02.19 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Nobody likes to be called ignorant, but we all are. I certainly am. I’m ignorant when it comes to Venezuelan politics, cooking Indian cuisine and the quantum mechanics of time travel. I just saw an article this morning that suggested the present and the future exist simultaneously and now I have a headache. I can’t even discern how there is still only one Marty McFly and how he always finds the DeLorean.

It’s okay to be ignorant, but somewhere along the way people decided being called ignorant meant that you were stupid or dumb—instead of just simply lacking knowledge of something. Some years ago I was hanging out with my brothers, drinking beer around a fire pit and listening to old country music; a favorite pastime for the Claggett boys. One of my brothers, a genuinely nice person who tends to lean to the right with his political views, started talking about the Affordable Healthcare Act. Yes, family + holidays+ alcohol + politics = disaster.

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Lesbian ‘The Voice’ contestant calls out Kelly Clarkson for being ‘small minded’

By : Maia Monet
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Kelly Clarkson decided to give her point of view after a former “The Voice” contestant accused the coach of being “small minded.”

Out lesbian singer Molly Stevens, who was eliminated on Monday’s episode, explained in a since-deleted Instagram post that she didn’t like Clarkson comparing her to other lesbian singers like Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls.

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DCX for LGBT: The Dixie Chicks are back! Here are 10 reasons you should be freaking out!

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Dixie Chicks are touring the U.S. for the first time in a decade, and they will be jamming out in Tampa at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds August 19.

Just like *NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, Blink 182 and The Spice Girls, the Dixie Chicks were a music group in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s that added a fun, youthful voice to their respective genres, but the Chicks did something that no other group at the time did and that very few musical acts are able to do: They appealed to everyone: men and women, young and old. They reached out to fans of country, rock, pop and everything in-between, and yes, they appealed to the LGBT crowd.

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Indigo Girls return to Florida June 1 at Ruth Eckerd Hall

By : Zach Caruso
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If you haven’t yet experienced the “Power Of Two”, then June might be your chance. The wildly popular folk duo of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, better known as the Indigo Girls, embark on a six month nationwide tour that kicks off this month.

“It’s kind of a crazy schedule right now,” says Saliers. “Amy has been in the studio recording a solo record, I was in Canada for three months, so what we’ll do is write each other emails discussing what songs we want to do, then we start practicing, and then head out and play the shows.”

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