Amy Ray's New Album HOLLER Premiering Now at NPR Folk Alley
Amy Ray, still thriving as one half of GRAMMY-winning folk duo Indigo Girls, is premiering her upcoming solo album, HOLLER, today at NPR Folk Alley -- "Hear It First" HERE. Containing 14 new songs by Ray, HOLLER will be released on September 28, 2018 on Daemon Records via the Compass Records Group and will include a special double LP version, along with hi-res and MQA versions. Ray and her recording and touring band will kick off a Southeastern tour on October 23 (scroll down for complete dates), with Northeast and West Coast runs coming in Spring 2019.
Inspired by her Southern upbringing and her home in rural Georgia, HOLLER finds Ray once again displaying her knack for straddling the line between the personal and the political on these songs. Ray writes: "The songs are all my own compositions and tell stories of late nights, love, addiction, immigration, despair, honkytonks, growing up in the south, touring for decades, being born in the midst of the civil rights movement, and the constant struggle to find balance in the life of a left-wing Southerner who loves Jesus, her homeland and its peoples."
There is a tip of the hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release, HARLAN COUNTY, and songs inspired by the film Winter's Bone, Appalachian poet Byron Herbert Reece and writer Toni Cade Bambara. Along with her touring and recording band, HOLLER features a horn section on some tracks and appearances by Justin Vernon, Pil Cook, Derek Trucks, Brandi Carlile, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Wood Brothers, Vince Gill and more, which illustrates not only just how broad Amy's musical tastes are but how widely she's respected among her musical peers.
Thoughtful and musically fluid, Ray, like many Southern artists, grapples with love for her heritage - both musical and personal - and her own, more inclusive values. It's that drive and artistic commitment that has made Ray's career so full of unforgettable songs, and HOLLER feels like a culmination.
TU Oct 23 - Macon, GA | Hargray Capitol Theatre w/Michelle Malone
WE Oct 24 - Durham, NC | Motorco Music Hall w/ HC McEntire
FR Oct 26 - Nashville, TN | Mercy Lounge w/ HC McEntire
SA Oct 27 - Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse
SU Oct 28 - Asheville, NC | The Grey Eagle w/ HC McEntire
TU Oct 30 - Winston-salem, NC | The Ramkat w/ HC McEntire
WE Nov 7 - Tampa, FL | Crowbar w/Danielle Howle
TH Nov 8 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL | Ponte Vedra Concert Hall /Danielle Howle
FR Nov 9 - Statesboro, GA | Averitt Center for the Arts w/ Tony Arata
SU Nov 11 - York, SC | Sylvia Theater w/Danielle Howle
TU Nov 13 - Nelsonville, OH | Stuart's Opera House w/Amythyst Kiah
WE Nov 14 - Ann Arbor, MI | The Ark w/Amythyst Kiah
TH Nov 15 - Chicago, IL | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music w/Amythyst Kiah
TU Nov 27 - Akron, OH | EJ Thomas Hall w/Chastity Brown
WE Nov 28 - Indianapolis, IN | The Hi-Fi w/Chastity Brown
FR Nov 30 - Athens, GA | The Foundry w/Chastity Brown
SA Dec 1 - Rocky Mount, VA | The Harvester w/After Jack
SU Dec 2 - Charleston, WV | Mountain Stage
- West Coast and Northeast Tour dates coming early Spring 2019