Indigo Girls to Release First Christmas Album
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:21:31
There are Christmas albums and then there are Christmas albums. Two decades into their career, The Indigo Girls --Amy Ray and Emily Saliers — are set to release their first holiday record, Holly Happy Days, specially packaged in holiday wrapping which will contain three surprise ornaments tucked inside. The holiday set will hit retail shelves on October 12 via IG Recordings/Vanguard Records.
In part, the songs on Holly Happy Days were chosen for their broad appeal. Sacred and secular, traditional and original, the tracks reflect the ecumenical spirit of the duo's diverse fan base, from Chely Wright's "It Really Is (A Wonderful Life)" to Woody Guthrie's "Happy Joyous Hanukkah," with Janis Ian and Mary Gautier on background vocals. The album also features the Indigo Girls' arrangements of such classic Christmas recordings as "Oh Holy Night," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and "Angels We Have Heard On High" as well as three original (and instantly classic) songs written by Amy and Emily - "Your Holiday Song," "Mistletoe" and "The Wonder Song."
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Peter Collins, the duo sifted through hundreds of tracks, arranged and rehearsed songs on the fly, and carved two weeks out of their hectic schedule to record the 12-song collection in May. The result: a warm, bluegrass-tinged CD that glows with the goodwill of the season. "I think our fans are already very excited about it," Saliers said. "We've been talking about this CD at our live shows, and the response has been great. And we were like kids in a candy store with these songs — going to Nashville and knocking it out so quickly with these incredible, world-class players."
"When the holidays come around," Ray said in a statement, "I hope there are at least a couple of songs here where people will hear a representation of something they feel during that time — whether they celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or the winter solstice."
Saliers added, "To us, the holiday season is all about celebrating and coming together and hope for the future and the belief that things can be good for all people and all creatures. So we just wanted to put of little of that into this record." From the die-cut ornaments included with the CD to fresh, original songs that expand the Christmas canon, Holly Happy Days is filled with new ways to celebrate the season. There are songs that revive our fondest memories of family and home. There are songs that inspire hope during winter's darkest hours. And there are songs that remind us that above all else, the holidays are a season of love and peace and majesty and wonder.
A holiday tour is expected to be announced shortly, as well.
Will you check out The Indigo Girls as they spread holiday cheer?