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No matter how the music industry changes, strong songwriting and alluring harmonies never go out of style. The Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have never let fashion dictate their approach or vision. They rode a ‘back to basics’ wave in the late ‘80s to bring their earnest folk music to a mainstream audience and while they allow for modest production touches to augment their coffeehouse folk vibe, they’ve never lost sight of the song. Lisa Germano adds complimentary mandolin and violin, Jane Scarpantoni provides cello in spots, and Ray and Saliers fingerpick with admirable precision, but it’s the sweet harmonies and swirling melodies of “Power of Two,” “Least Complicated,” “Touch Me Fall,” and the slow procession of “Dead Man’s Hill” that prove this group’s personal depth. “This Train Revised” stretches beyond the band’s usual relationship and better world anthems to confront the evils of the Holocaust, ending the album on a warily socially conscious note.


Formed: 1985 in Athens, GA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

While they came into prominence as part of the late-'80s folky singer/songwriter revival, the Indigo Girls had staying power where other artists from the same era quickly faded. Their two-women-with-guitars formula may not have seemed very revolutionary on paper, but the combination of two distinct personalities and songwriting styles provided tension and an interesting balance. Emily Saliers, hailing from the more traditional Joni Mitchell school, boasted a gentler sound, was more complex musically,...
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