After 10 albums with major labels (nine with Epic, one on Hollywood), the Indigo Girls
will launch their own imprint, called IG Recordings, through Vanguard Records
. The launch of the imprint coincides with the release of their next full-length, Poseidon And The Bitter Bug,
on March 24.
"I feel a great sense of freedom in
finally being rid of the major-label world," Amy Ray said in a statement. "I am overwhelmingly excited to be
independent because it really is where the heart of music sits for me. I don't have many regrets about the major-label life of
the band because we certainly got a lot out of it. We were lucky enough to be
on Epic when Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine were our label-mates and
the company was developing bands with the intent of creating catalog artists... Beyond that, it never fed my soul the way an
independent career can."
The new album was recorded in Atlanta and features something new for the Indigo Girls, a second, acoustic CD. The second disc includes acoustic versions of all the songs, plus a bonus track, "Salty South."
"It's basically like two perspectives of the same song," Ray told Billboard. "It gives everybody both sides of the equation."
Keep an eye out for the group's Spring/Summer tour.
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