Look Long out April 24, 2020

“We’re still a bar band at heart,” says Emily Saliers, ahead of Indigo Girls’ 16th album, Look Long (April 24 / Rounder Records). “Today, we joke about being old, but what is old when it comes to music? We’re just as inspired by younger artists, and the passion feels the same as it did when we were 25 years-old.”

And with that spirit, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers told themselves they “weren’t going to put boundaries on what an Indigo Girls song should be.” Check out the first single, “Shit Kickin’” on all streaming services and Youtube.

Produced by John Reynolds at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios in Bath, England, Look Long was born from a need to sing songs and bolster each other. “People can feel lost in these times,” Saliers explains. “Let’s lament our limitations, but let’s also look beyond what’s right in front of us, take the long view of things, and strive to do better.”

In 1999, Reynolds produced Indigo Girls’ beloved album, Come On Now Social, a time described by Ray as “one of the most important moments in our musical growth.” They’ve reunited with that same band: Reynolds on drums, bassist Clare Kenny, keyboardist Carole Isaacs, cellist Caroline Dalea and guitarist Justin Adams, joined by their longtime violinist, Lyris Hung and vocalists Lucy Wainwright Roche and Lucy Jules (George Michael). Before flying to England, the two had agreed, “Whatever happens in the studio will happen,” says Saliers. “A lot of magic unfolded because of that decision.”

Among the many highlights are “Country Radio” (hear a great full-band version on Live From Here with Chris Thile) and Reynolds’ arrangement of a recent live staple, “Howl At the Moon.” “It’s something I always do with my daughter, when we’re out in the woods,” says Amy. “I did it with my friends, when we were kids. It’s means you’re happy, you’re free. Explore the irreverent, but also honor the things that you should. Don’t be afraid.” In the song “Feel This Way,” Emily is singing to her younger self. She adds, “Enjoy everything, suck it all up now.”

The power of unity has always been an Indigo Girls calling card, and maybe because of it, they’ve been having a resurgence: Their audience has become more expansive and diverse, and they have a new generation of devoted peers, like Brandi Carlile and Justin Vernon, who recently said on the Broken Recordpodcast how he, “…adored them more and more—the more they had strength in the face of their adversity,” says Vernon. “They’re my favorite group ever.”

Since their 1989 self-titled, breakout album, the Grammy award-winning duo has racked up a slew of gold and platinum certifications and sold-out tours around the world, all while engaging in committed and uncompromising social and political activism, including immigration reform (El Refugio), LGBTQ rights, education (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library), death penalty reform, and sustainability in Native communities. They are co-founders of Honor the Earth, a non-profit dedicated to Indigenous environmental justice and green energy solutions. They have granted over three million dollars to Native-led grassroots groups and campaigns fighting against bad energy projects but also funding sustainable ones.

Look Long will be available everyone April 24 on Rounder Records.

Look Long track listing
Shit Kickin’
Look Long
Howl At the Moon
When We Were Writers
Change My Heart
KC Girl
Country Radio
Feel This Way Again
Favorite Flavor
Sorrow and Joy

Look Long Tour Dates
March 1 Rocky Mount, VA Harvester Performance Center
March 2 Nelsonville, OH Stuart’s Opera House
March 3 Dayton, OH Victoria Theatre
March 5 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
March 6 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
March 7 Greensboro, SC Piedmont Hall
March 17 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Center for the Arts
March 20 Stamford, CT The Palace Theatre
March 21 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
March 22 Huntington, NY The Paramount
March 25 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
March 27 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Casino
March 28 Medford, MA Chevalier Theatre
May 1 Morgantown, WV Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre
May 2 Rehoboth Beach, DE Women’s Fest
May 4 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center
June 19 Concord, MA Umbrella Community Arts Center
June 20 Northampton, MA The Pines
June 23 Vienna, VA Filene Center at Wolf Trap (w/ Ani DiFranco)
June 26 Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
July 2 Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens
July 4 Toronto, ON, Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage
July 6 Calgary, AB The Wildhorse Saloon
July 20 Minneapolis, MN, Music in the Zoo
July 23 Denver, CO , Botanical Gardens
July 25 Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium
July 26 Park City, UT, Deer Valley Snow Park Amphitheater
July 31 Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
Aug 4 Portland OR, Keller Auditorium
Aug 18-19 London, UK Islington Assembly Hall
Aug 21 Bath, UK Komedia
Aug 22 Devon, UK Beautiful Days Festival
Sept 12 Chattanooga, TN Moon River Music Festival

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