Amy Ray and Her Band Featured on NPR Mountain Stage – Listen Here

Ray and her band are featured on NPR Mountain Stage

Listen to them perform”Duane Allman” here

Ray announces West Coast dates and select shows with
The Tedeschi Trucks Band

(Goodnight Tender out now on Daemon Records, check out the promo film here)

June 6, 2014: Indigo Girl Amy Ray and her band are featured on NPR Mountain Stage performing her song “Duane Allman” from her new country/roots album, Goodnight Tender, her “scrappy, storytelling string band album” (CMT). As a child growing up in Georgia, the Allman Brothers were one of the very first bands Ray listened to, playing a major part in her musical upbringing. Ray pays tribute to the late guitarist with this Southern-rock inspired track. Click here for local NPR affiliates and air times. Ray and her band have announced additional summer tour dates including two shows with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and an August run in the Pacific Northwest with Megafaun’s Phil Cook opening the shows. (Scroll down for complete dates.)

“I am a big fan of the Tedeschi Trucks Band,” Ray says. “I think the first time I saw Derek play he was 13 years old. I was stunned at his playing, not to mention, his emotion and composure. Susan Tedeschi has been traveling the same roads as the Indigo Girls for years and I have always looked up to her for her stellar voice and guitar playing, something for me to learn from and aspire to. Susan sang harmony vocals on “Duane Allman” and her incredible voice gives the song extra punch and dimension. I am pretty psyched – and nervous – to be opening up a couple of shows for them.”

Ray will also bring her band to Portland, Seattle and Olympia in August. “I love each of these cities and they each have a distinct feel,” she says. Seattle’s own Jeff Fielder will be with Amy on guitar, dobro, mando and vocals; along with Eric Eagle on drums and Keith Lowe on bass. Phil Cook will be opening these three shows as well as joining Amy’s band on keys, banjo, vocals and guitar.
Pedal steel player Matt Smith and fiddler Adrian Carter round out the band to recreate the full, organic sound found on Goodnight Tender.

The album marks a departure from Ray’s previous work, both as a solo artist and an Indigo Girl. She assembled a group of trusted artists and collaborators including Justin Vernon and guest vocalists Susan Tedeschi, Heather McEntire (Mt. Moriah) and Kelly Hogan for the sessions which incorporated fiddle, banjo, dobro, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, bass and drums. They set up and played together live, gathered around a few microphones to create the album’s authentic vintage sound.

Amy and the band recently completed an East Coast run that included stops at WXPN’s Folkadelphia, NPR Mountain Stage, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and Music City Roots’ Loveless Barn and Sirius XM Outlaw Radio for a chat with old pal Mojo Nixon.

Catch Amy on one of these summer dates.

Amy Ray Summer shows:
* notes by Amy Ray

June 19th -Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids w/TTB
Amy Ray Set – 6:30 pm – 7:10 pm.
TTB -7:30 PM
*This amphitheater is a long time favorite venue for the IG’s so it will be really cool to play there in support of TTB.

June 23rd- Pepsi Amphitheater (Pine Mountain Amphitheater), Flagstaff, AZ w/TTB
Amy Ray Set – 7 pm -7:40 pm
TTB – 8 pm
*This is my first venture into the Southwest with my new country record Goodnight Tender, and I am thankful for the opportunity. Flagstaff is such a cool town and I’ve had some really good times there, so I am especially glad about this show.

August 21st- Capitol Theater-Backstage, Olympia, WA
Support: Phil Cook (Megafaun)
Showtime: 8 pm

August 22nd-Triple Door, Seattle, WA
Support: Phil Cook (Megafaun)
Showtime: 8 pm

August 23rd-Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Support: Phil Cook (Megafaun)
Showtime: 9 PM

Praise for Goodnight Tender:
“When you listen to Indigo Girls, it is the freight train of Ray’s voice that punches through to your heart, her full-bore intention that sweeps you away.” – Garden and Gun

“This ain’t no crossover record. It’s country through and through, the kind of shamelessly rustic music that accompanies lonely drives and summer dusk.” – Popmatters

“Ray is right at home surrounded by the giddy pluck of a banjo and the woeful wail of the pedal steel.” – No Depression

“Her roots clearly run deep into this music, enough so that these eleven originals and one obscure cover feel genuine, lived in and entirely authentic.” – American Songwriter

“Ray’s credibility as a country crooner is never in doubt.” – Blurt Magazine