Atlanta music duo the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are lifelong friends and have been making music together since the 1980s. They met in elementary school and began performing together in high school in the Decatur area.
Ray says, “We started playing back in high school, at Shamrock High School, and it was 1980.”
Their work spans a wide variety of genres, from folk, to blues, to country to rock. Their lyrics often focus on social causes and politics and authenticity are themes that are important to them both.
Saliers says of their songwriting process, “It’s kind of a main agenda if you will for us to encourage people to not worry about conforming in any way. You can probably find examples of that in any song.”
Their latest album released this month is “Look Long” and perfectly weaves together their many different musical influences. Saliers and Ray joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to talk about the album and their highly successful career.