Arts & Culture
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Fri January 24, 2014

The Indigo Girls' Amy Ray: Her New Album Is A Little Bit Country, And A Lot North Carolina

Amy Ray talks with Eric Hodge about just what makes a country song a country song.

Amy Ray on porch with guitar
Amy Ray, art from her new album
Credit Amy Ray

Amy Ray is likely best known as a member of the duo the Indigo Girls. She has a solo career as well and this week the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter released her first country record.  It's called "Goodnight Tender" and it has tons of North Carolina connections. It was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville.  There are local musicians involved, like the brothers from Megafaun.

Amy says that the record is a direct reflection of the comfort she feels in the Tar Heel state:

So I guess what you want to be able to say after you made a record is that you got what you wanted musically and you had a good time doing it. I spent seven days in Asheville, NC with some really gifted, soulful people. It doesn't get any better than that. I feel lucky. And that's good enough for me.

Amy talked with WUNC's Eric Hodge and she played a song live in studio:

Amy Ray plays Broken Record live in the WUNC Studios.

Amy's playing at Motorco in Durham Saturday night.