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Indigo Girls are an American folk rock duo, consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. They got their start in Atlanta as a regular act at The Little 5 Points Pub and were tangentially part of the Athens, Georgia college rock scene that included The B-52's, Pylon, R.E.M., The Georgia Satellites, and Love Tractor.

In 1995, the Indigo Girls released a live, double-CD, 1200 Curfews. They performed a duet with their culture-hero, Ferron on the track Stand Up on her CD Phantom Center and Saliers appeared on Ferron's album Still Riot. Shaming of the Sun appeared in 1997 followed by Come On Now Social in 1999. Shaming of the Sun debuted at number seven on the Billboard charts, driven by the duo's high profile contribution to the Lilith Fair music festival tour. The track Shame On You received more airplay at adult alternative, top 40 & adult top 40 radio stations than any of their previous singles, although this seemed to be a peak in their crossover success.

2000 saw the release of Retrospective, a compilation album with two new tracks, and in 2002 the Indigo Girls released Become You, a full album of new songs which gained much critical acclaim and became a fan favorite. Their last Epic studio album was All That We Let In, released in 2004 with an accompanying tour. On June 14, 2005 they released Rarities, a collection of b-sides and rare tracks partially decided by fans' input, which fulfilled the album count obligation for their contract with Epic.

In 1990, Ray founded Daemon Records, which has signed Ellen James Society, Kristen Hall, Rose Polenzani, Girlyman, Nineteen Forty-Five, Athens Boys Choir, and James Hall among others.

Ray has put out three solo albums, entitled Stag, Prom, and Live From Knoxville, through Daemon. She has toured with both the Butchies and her band the Volunteers.

Ray and Saliers appeared in the latter half of the feature film Boys on the Side, playing short excerpts from their songs "Joking" and "Southland in the Springtime," as well as singing "Feliz CumpleaƱos" ("Happy Birthday" in Spanish) with the gathered group of friends during the birthday cake scene, and standing on the far side of several shots over the next few scenes. Neither had any spoken lines. The duo also appear in the 2006 documentary Wordplay, where they discuss their reaction to appearing in a New York Times crossword puzzle and then begin to solve one together.

Ray and Saliers performed onstage in the 1994 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar in Atlanta, titled Jesus Christ Superstar: A Resurrection. Amy Ray played the role of Jesus and Emily Saliers played the role of Mary Magdalene. They later reprised their roles in stagings of the musical in Austin at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival) and in Seattle.

During June 2007, the Indigo Girls were a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour 2007,, on the tour's Las Vegas stop, which benefitted the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations that provide support to the GLBT community.

The Indigo Girls are mentioned in Stephen King's book Rose Madder. They are depicted playing at a picnic for a women's shelter.



 


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