The power of unity, both in music and in life, has been an Indigo Girls calling card ever since they burst into the spotlight with their 1989 self-titled breakout album. The Girls' New Album, One Day Lost has a feeling of music composed across time, not just in time.
Creating a seamless blend of folk, rock, pop and classical music, Indigo Girls elevated their songs to new emotional heights without sacrificing any of the emotional intimacy and honesty that have defined their music for decades.
With more than 35 years performing together, Indigo Girls trace their story back to the two members, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, first meeting as fifth and sixth-graders in Decatur, Georgia. They began singing together during high school.
Originally billed as Saliers & Ray, the pair adopted the name Indigo Girls during their undergraduate days at Atlanta’s Emory University. The Indigos were attending classes by day and performing as an acoustic duo in local clubs by night when they made their first stab at recording in 1985.
Today, Indigo Girls have produced 16 albums (seven gold, four platinum and one double platinum), earned a Grammy Award® and seven Grammy nominations, and toured arenas, festivals and clubs the world over.
NPR’s Mountain Stage called the group “one of the finest folk duos of all time,” while Rolling Stone said they “personify what happens when two distinct sensibilities, voices, and worldviews come together to create something transcendently its own,” and The New York Times raved that “gleeful profanities, righteous protest anthems and impeccable folk songwriting have carried this duo for thirty years.”
Saliers and Ray have never been ones to rest on their laurels, though. Each has released critically acclaimed solo music in their downtime and engaged in outspoken political and social activism, and they remain perpetually on the hunt for the next great challenge.
One Lost Day, Indigo Girls' sixteenth studio album, has a cohesion that shines throughout the album, reflecting a singleness of mind and spirit that often takes years for musicians to develop.
Vast in its reach, but unified by the traveler’s sense of wonder, gratitude and empathy, One Lost Day moves like a centrifuge, pulling the listener close to linger in the small moment, then casting out onto sonic currents. This is music of the past, present, and future — a boundlessness earned and not bestowed. One Lost Day has a feeling of music composed across time, not just in time. These songs are rooted in tradition and inventive, too: nourished in dark soils, leafing and luminous.
Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 pm
The duo is on tour for their newest album, One Lost Day—celebrating the past, present and future with wonder, gratitude and empathy.