WUFT-FM Morning Edition host Glenn Richards speaks with Amy Ray. She and her solo country band appear at High Dive in downtown Gainesville on Friday, March 3rd, along with David Bazan and Matthew Fowler. The show is part of Changeville 2017: Gainesville’s Social Change Festival – two days of music, comedy, virtual reality, speaker panels, film, and more at multiple venues throughout downtown Gainesville … presented by the frank Gathering, the UF College of Journalism and Communications, and WUFT Media.
During their phone conversation, Amy discusses her love for Gainesville’s music and activism scene, Florida history, and how the populism of traditional country music reminds her of The Clash and Hank Williams.
From her publicist: For over 30 years, Amy Ray has been renowned as one half of the Grammy-award winning folk duo Indigo Girls. She is also a community activist and has had an indie label, Daemon Records since 1989. With her debut solo album, Stag (2001), Ray turned in her acoustic for an electric and delivered a critically acclaimed album that showed her love of punk and rock. Since then, she has released five more solo rock albums; Prom, Didn’t It Feel Kinder, Live from Knoxville, Lung of Love, and MVP Live. Her first foray into country music came with her traditional country / Americana release, Goodnight Tender in 2014. She followed up with the release, The Tender Hour in 2015, a live recording of her country and rock exploits from The Triple Door, in Seattle. Amy is currently working on a new batch of songs to play live and take into the studio in 2017.