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Editors’ Notes

Amy Ray’s been making music for decades, and she’s touched upon country, bluegrass, and Appalachian mountain music at times in the past. But for 2014’s Goodnight Tender, she’s making a distinct effort to explore what it has to teach her. And she has many friends here to help her. Her Georgia drawl peeks out here and there, and most of the songs are dressed up with acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjos, dobro, fiddle, and upright bass. When an electric organ comes trilling through “Oyster and Pearl,” it’s with a welcome diversion to further color the sound, but not something meant to stick around permanently. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon joins Heather McEntire on backup vocals for the bluegrass-based “The Gig That Matters.” McEntire’s own song “When You Come for Me” gets a more conventional arrangement with drums, electric bass, piano, and pedal steel guitar, with her and Ray singing like old-time country music friends. Vernon however, holds on for dear life on the lonesome gospel tune “Let the Spirit.” Susan Tedeschi sings along to “Duane Allman,” and Kelly Hogan adds harmonies to the title track and “Time Zone.”

Customer Reviews

Can't Wait!

Wow! What a voice she has. It's sultry. Hmm never checked out the Indigo Girls, but I'm very excited for this album.

It's Gonna Be Different

So far I've only heard Hunter's Prayer... and it was amazing. I'm 40 and I've loved the Indigo Girls since I was 14 but this is VERY different from IG music and even more divergent from the "angry fem rock" that is Amy's usual fare. Ok maybe not all of it is different, but Hunter's Prayer is. Hunter's Prayer sounds like something Hank Williams Sr would have done. Like something my 70 year old very southern father would love. And yet I love it, too. Good stuff. I'm excited to hear the rest!

Wow! Impressive!!

She only seems to get better and better. This album sounds rich and mature in its vocals and arrangements. What a great album! A+

Biography

Born: April 12, 1964 in Decatur, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Many artists, musical and otherwise, use their craft to provide a visible platform for the issues they believe in. Their activism becomes interwoven with their art. The Indigo Girls have long been known for voicing their political and social views in song. Amy Ray teamed up with Emily Saliers while in high school, and soon the duo became a staple in the Atlanta music scene. In 1981, their independent music career began with a basement recording called Tuesday's Children. One thing led to another,...
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