Monday, February 11, 2008

Indigo Girls and Michelle Malone: sweet on stage

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:48 AM

City Paper's Greg Hambrick enjoyed interviewing Indigo Girls co-frontlady Amy Ray for a feature last week. He caught their gig at the Music Hall over the weekend and followed up with review this morning:

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"The Indigo Girls brought their sweet harmonies and smooth guitar picking back to Charleston on Saturday with an acoustic show at the Charleston Music Hall. The stage may have been largely barren, but the set was far from toned down, with ‘Get Out The Map’ and ‘Shame On You’ keeping toes tapping. In the midst of pitching their latest album, Despite Our Differences, the Girls played such hits as the tear-tugging ‘Last Tears,’ an early fan favorite. Others like ‘Money Made You Mean’ seemed to have a little more magic on the stage than it did on the album.

Keyboard player Julie Wolf filled in the background faithfully, particularly on ‘Deconstruction,’ though the piano seemed to be competing with the guitars a little to strongly through ‘Power of Two.’ Opening act Michelle Malone provided a knock out opening act with songs like ‘Tighten Up The Spring.’ Both Malone and Charleston regular Danielle Howle provided some backup vocals for the Girls. Howle’s soulful ‘Fields of Cotton’ provided a brief intermission that kept most of the crowd rapt in their seats. The Indigo Girls ended the night with ‘Closer to Fine’ and ‘Galileo,’ two must-haves that left the crowd on their feet."


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