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Indigo Girls ‘Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra’ Out Now

22-song recording out today as a double CD and through all digital providers

Available on a 3-LP vinyl release on July 13

After a career spanning over three decades, GRAMMY-winning duo Indigo Girls are still breaking new ground. Today marks the release of Indigo Girls Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, a sprawling, 22-song collection of songs recorded in front of a sold-out audience in Boulder, CO. Seamlessly blending folk, rock, pop, and classical elements, this stunning recording elevates Amy Ray and Emily Saliers’ songs to new heights without sacrificing any of the emotional intimacy and honesty that have defined their music over the decades. Deftly mixed by GRAMMY-winner Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), these recordings showcase Indigo Girls at their finest: raw, real, and revelatory. The album is available as a double CD and through all digital providers; a three-LP vinyl edition will be available on July 13. Indigo Girls will be touring the US through October; scroll down for complete dates.

Spanning material from throughout the band’s career, the album features a mix of reimagined classics, unexpected deep cuts, and tracks from Indigo Girls’ latest studio album, One Lost Day. For fans, it’s a chance to hear these songs in a new way: the 64-piece symphony wrings every ounce of passion from them, helping to bring the band’s evocative storytelling to more vivid life than ever before. This invigorating recording captures the unmistakable sense of community and inclusion that’s a hallmark of every Indigo Girls show, in part because Ray and Saliers considered themselves pieces of the orchestra for the performance, no more and no less important than any other artist on the stage.

Ray and Saliers’ voices are both powerful and delicate here, their intertwined harmonies riding on the crest of an emotional tidal wave created by Sean O’Loughlin and Stephen Barber’s richly cinematic arrangements.

“Compromise” wraps its punk roots around spaghetti western strings, while the brass on “Go” flexes explosive marching band muscle, and “The Power Of Two” nods to the lush arrangements of legendary songwriters like Tom Waits and Harry Nilsson. The energy in the room that night was infectious, with both the musicians and fans feeding off the same visceral electricity, and the crowd couldn’t help but join in for a massive sing-along on “Closer To Fine.”

“Amy and I have always tried to grow in our songwriting and work with different instruments and producers and players along the way,” reflects Saliers. “The symphony shows were an opportunity to present ourselves in a completely different incarnation, to do something totally new and big and different.”

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29 Jun Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
30 Jun San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
01 Jul Laytonville, CA – Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival
03 Jul Boston, MA – DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade (with the Boston Pops)
04 Jul Boston, MA – DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade (with the Boston Pops)
09 Jul Ocean City, NJ – Ocean City Music Pier
10 Jul Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
11 Jul Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion
13 Jul Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
14 Jul Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
15 Jul Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
17 Jul Augusta, GA – Miller Theater
18 Jul Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
19 Jul Atlanta, GA – State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
22 Jul Duluth, MN – Water Is Life Fest @ Bayfront Festival Park
28 Jul Evanston, IL – Live at Canal Shores: A SPACE 10TH Anniversary Event
17 Aug Strings Music Pavilion – Steamboat Springs, CO
18 Aug Lyons, CO – Folks Festival @ Planet Bluegrass Ranch
19 Aug Grand Junction, CO – Avalon Theatre
21 Aug Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
22 Aug Aspen, CO – Belly UP
24 Aug Waterloo, IA – Cedar Valley Pridefest 2018 @ Downtown Waterloo
12 Sep South Orange, NJ – SOPAC
12 Sep South Orange, NJ – SOPAC
14 Sep Boston, MA – Symphony Hall (with the New Philharmonia Orchestra)
15 Sep North Adams, MA – FreshGrass Festival
29 Sep Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
30 Sep Kansas City, MO – Crossroads KC
03 Oct Houston, TX – House of Blues
04 Oct Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
09 Oct Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
11 Oct Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theatre
12 Oct Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theatre
13 Oct York, PA – Appell Center for the Performing Arts @ Strand Theatre
14 Oct New York, NY – Beacon Theatre