Perennial activists and award-winning folk-duo Indigo Girls are walking their talk this summer on the road as they promote their newest album, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug. When the recession hit, the Girls teamed up with Rock for Remedy to help stock the food shelves in many of the towns that they play, asking concertgoers to donate canned goods, including pet food, at the shows. They have collected over 2 tons of food this spring and are still counting. Their website details which upcoming shows will be accepting donations so if you’ve already got your show tickets don’t forget to bring along your contributions.
Amy Ray was also recently interviewed for Paste Magazine’s “My First” feature and talked about Honor the Earth, the organization they founded in 1993 with Winona LaDuke. When asked about their “first political cause” Ray said that, through Honor the Earth, “we fund native-led organizations that are doing environmental work, and work in cultural sustainability. We just try to garner support for them in the non-Indian community and raise money to give grants…That’s our most important work.” The organization also works to bring green jobs to native communities through renewable energy pilot projects.
I’m a huge fan of their commitment to their art and activism. Every year or two they hit the road and release a record and this new album is a true testament to their talent and temper. Pick it up, if you haven’t already, and you’ll be happy you did. The activist in you will be sated with songs like Amy’s tune Sugar Tongue which opens with a lament for “our fine feathered friends [who] will sing until they bleed/How can we replace this symphony?” As always though, the moods vary and the themes run the gamut from love and subsequent loss to Pixie Stix and Loretta Lynn. Enjoy!
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