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New Amy Interviews!

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Podcast and Somerville Tix

Hey All- Hope Everyone got out and voted today! Make sure you check out a podcast of an interview Amy gave this morning in Toronto here: http://www.proudfm.com/podcasts.php Also wanted to let everyone know that more tickets have just been released for Amy Ray's solo show on Friday, November 7 at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. Join Amy and her band, with Jennifer O'Connor opening THIS FRIDAY! Show starts at 7:30pm. You can purchase tickets by clicking here. http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com/somerville/schedule/displayevent.php?id=192 Hope to see you at the show!

Vote for Amy at 7:45 EST tonight!

Tonight at 7:45 Amy's Stand and Deliver tonight in the "Cagematch" fight on WTTS in Indianapolis. http://www.wttsfm.com/onair/cagematch.htm WTTS Cage Match Listen to the WTTS Cage Match weeknights at 7:45. Bill Flint hosts the nightly version of "battle of the bands." Two new songs are featured and YOU determine the winner. After you check out the songs, call us with your votes, comments and reactions at 1-800-923-WTTS. If the line's busy, e-mail your vote to cagematch@wttsfm.com. Once a song wins ten consecutive nights, it's retired into the WTTS Cage Match Hall of Fame. Needtobreathe goes for a third night Monday, with another from their sophomore album, The Heat, called "Washed By the Water." Indigo Girl Amy Ray will challenge, with "Stand and Deliver," from the new full-length, Didn't It Feel Kinder. Thanks!

Just added!

The videos from the Amy Ray You Tube channel are now available right here on ReverbNation. You can even add a video widget to your own myspace and other pages! Amy Ray tour kicks off October 19. Make sure to check out the tour widget!

indgogirlz_1
indgogirlz_1  (over 5 years ago)

I'm getting so excited about the solo tour! Don't know if I can make the 3 hour drive to the closest show ---- but believe me --- I will be scheming and planning!!! Peace and love ~~~

indgogirlz_1
indgogirlz_1  (over 5 years ago)

So glad to have 'video widget' available! Makes it easier to compact all the videos in one spot and leave more room for MORE Amy stuff on my MySpace page!!!!

Blame is A Killer

The song, from the HousingWorks Bookstore show on 8/6/08 have been added to the AmyRayTV channel. Watch it here: http://www.kyte.tv/ch/76232-amy-ray-tv Also a few photos from the show have been added at www.myspace.com/amyray If you haven't yet you can order DIFK at www.daemonrecords.com or www.itunes.com

Be Green! Buy Didn't It Feel Kinder TODAY online!

Buy Didn't It Feel Kinder, released today, online. itunes, napster and emusic even offer BONUS TRACKS! itunes: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=284974949&s=143441.. emusic: http://www.emusic.com/album/Didn-t-It-Feel-Kinder-Didn-t-It-Feel-Kinder-MP3-Download/11250188.html amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CEXYKQ/ref=sr_f2_album_1?ie=UTF8&child=B001CEXYL0&qid=1217942404&sr=102-1 napster: http://free.napster.com/view/album/index.html?id=12895947

Amy Ray TV

Check out: http://www.kyte.tv/ch/76232-amy-ray-tv for the best channel on the web! Updated today with the acoustic version of "Cold Shoulder"

indgogirlz_1
indgogirlz_1  (over 5 years ago)

Amy, the whole idea of putting up a new song each night is AWESOME!! Love ya!

Didn't It Feel Kinder Available for Pre-Order NOW

Please visit our website www.daemonrecords.com to pre-order Amy Ray's new CD Didn't It Feel Kinder now! Pre-order the new Amy Ray solo CD "Didn't It Feel Kinder" before July 31 and you will receive it by or before the August 5 street date! Click here to order: http://www.daemonrecords.com/amy/index.htm Thanks! Also available is a limited edition vinyl version.

Didn't It Feel Kinder August 5, 2008

By way of introduction, let me just say, I love making records. No matter how tough it is, I always want to make the next one. In fact, I am usually thinking about the next cd before I am done with the one I am working on, it’s a process I have grown into and crave. Even in the midst of collaboration, there is a solitude that goes along with making music, a loneliness that feels right. This project happened over the course of a year- a year in between Indigo Girl shows and taking care of life. I locked myself in my hotel rooms and wrote whenever I could. My most productive days were at the Mohegan Sun Casino and a luxury hotel in Sydney, Australia. I did a lot of driving. I drove through long nights and small towns to get home from the studio in time for the next Indigo tour. I found that WNCW lasts about an hour each way outside of Asheville and when you drive out of Georgia up 85N to get to Greensboro, you can catch a lot of college radio. I found a great Motel 8 during a snowstorm in Waynesville, N.C. I found that the YMCA in Asheville is really cool, but very crowded. Most importantly, I found that first takes aren’t always the best. Now I am adding up the receipts, compiling notes, and remembering the timeline. I am looking at the horses hanging out on the cd cover wondering what that means. Some kind of strength, some kind of kindness, I guess. Didn’t It Feel Kinder started a year ago in Durham, N.C.-a place I find musical resonance in ever since I met up with The Butchies in 2000. For this project, I started with Melissa York, the drummer from the now defunct Butchies. Mel kept saying, “Amy, I really want you to work with Greg Griffith.” Greg Griffith is Mel’s musical co-conspirator since the punk days in NYC and he is sort of a renaissance man of all things musical. I was ready to find someone to challenge me. I knew Greg’s production work with The Butchies, but honestly was just going on Mel’s word. So we met up, we played through a few songs together-Mel drumming and Greg on Bass (keys and guitar too) and wearing the producer’s hat. Something must have clicked cause we set up another session, this time at Greg’s home studio in Greensboro. Greg immediately raised the bar for me. I could tell he wasn’t totally familiar with my prior recordings and this gave me a sort of uncomfortable freedom. I kept thinking, “Why do I want a producer, this is just what I am trying to get away from, I just want to do my own thing and fuck up and have fun?” But as Greg’s ideas came to fruition, it just felt inevitable. In musical terms, I didn’t even really know what I wanted this record to be. I knew I wanted it to be a wide-open vista, the prairie at twilight, a mountain road at 3am, a heartbreaking news broadcast. I wanted to use every voice I had inside me, every voice I had come across and absorbed. I didn’t want to be limited by habit or insecurity or gender or place. Sometimes I sang a song right the first time, and some songs I sang over and over until I found the voice. I wrote tunes out of my range and kept them there because that was where they wanted to be. I let the songs control the experience. I couldn’t even tell you what tied them together until we were done with the final master. The common bond was something musical this time, some lesson in melody and rhythm. We mixed and remixed, mastered and re-mastered, and after 10 months had a record of what we created, experienced, played, and sung. Life was going on while we were making this record. Nothing stopped for it, and it was good that way. It absorbed every struggle and clumsy human relationship. It took longer than we expected, it cost more than we had, and it came out far better than we could have imagined. I guess. I always say, it should be fun, but in the end I learned the value of not having fun too. Amy Ray 4-13-08 (edited: read the entire blog at www.myspace.com/amyray

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