Girls Girls Girls


This morning my thoughts are turning to folksy women – Tracy Chapman and The Indigo Girls.  The artists were significant to me when I was a young adult, and I still very much enjoy their voices and their style of music.  It occurs to me that I know nothing about what they’ve been up to in the past 10 years or so.  Hey – I’ve never been a mega-fan (of anyone, really).

The Indigo Girls’ most recent album is Beauty Queen Sister, released in 2011.  When you head to the duo’s website, you’ll be greeted with a peppy tune that sounds a little more like the Monkees than the Indigo Girls I remember.  The release notes for the album cite many guest artists, so perhaps their more folksy, yet somehow edgy sound that I adored 20 years ago – and still put on my running playlist now and again – has not disappeared.  Not sure.   The pair also maintains a blog over on Tumblr, where I snatched the pic above – who wears short shorts?  Emily Saliers blushes, in retrostpect, not about the shorts but about some of the imagery in the lyrics on the album Strange Fire,  “But, hey, I was 24, and you are where you are.”  Keep it real, Girls.

Tracy Chapman has always been a bit more cerebral, in my estimation, and I love her unique voice and complex themes.  As I checked out her website, I’m thrilled with the sound of her latest album, Our Bright Future, apparently released in 2009.  It brings together Chapman’s broad folk/rockabilly/jazz influences while maintaining her own signature sound.  To my ears, she’s still cranking out great folk tunes from the heart of an activist.

Thanks for reading.


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