Inquiring Minds

Indigo Girls: "The Hardest Part Is Deciding What Not to Play"

Thursday, Rocks Off talked to Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, who play House of Blues Saturday night with Atlanta proteges the Shadowboxers, who will open the show and then back up one of the most successful folk-rock duos of the past quarter century. After discussing songwriting, her favorite guitar and the Atlanta scene where they emerged in the mid-'80s, we left off in the middle of a discussion about her longstanding musical partnership with Amy Ray.

Rocks Off: What do you admire most about Amy as a songwriter?

Emily Saliers: Her music to me... her songs are quite visceral. They have a lot of immediate energy, and she's really a very good melody writer. The songs that she really rocks out on, I really admire that ability to rock. Because I don't have that -- I get to live it through her music. But Amy's a great songwriter.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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