A lot of artists defy categorization. Some do so because they are tirelessly searching for the place they fit, while others are constantly chasing trends. Some, though, are genuinely exploring and expressing their myriad influences. Amy Ray belongs in the latter group. Pulling from every direction — Patty Griffin to Patti Smith, Big Star to Bon Iver — Ray’s music might best be described as folk-rock, though even that would be a tough sell, depending on the song.
Ray’s musical beginnings trace back to her high school days in Atlanta, Georgia, when she and Emily Saliers formed the duo that would become the Indigo Girls. Their story started in 1981 with a basement tape called “Tuesday’s Children” and went on to include a deal with Epic Records in 1988, a Grammy in 1990, and nearly 20 albums over more than 30 years.
If you were shut out of the Indigo Girls’ sold-out show at the State Theatre back in March, this is your chance to enjoy Ray’s soothing vocals in a slightly more intimate setting. Ray and her band are touring in support of her sixth solo outing, Holler, released in 2018. Ray recorded, once again, with her Carolina country kin, adding horns and strings to all but split the musical distance between earlier releases Kinder and Tender to create a soulful, country-tinged, gospel-infused Americana sound. Holler encompasses and imparts all the disparate aspects of Ray’s influences in a singular offering. Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters will open the show.
Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 PM | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave.(Photo: Brian Fisher)