When Amy Ray and Emily Saliers first started bashing acoustic guitars and harmonizing about the futility of college and a desire to find a higher purpose, it wouldnt have seemed likely that an openly lesbian duo could become enduring Southern pop stars with a broad and diverse fan base. But as the Indigo Girls approach their 25th anniversary, the Georgia duo has constructed a legacy built on musical consistency and personal integrity. Their latest, Poseidon and the Bitter Bug, certainly shows maturity and growth. But at the core, the arrangements still rely on driving acoustic guitars and two defiant voices that draw on literature, history and society to spin smart, personal songs. Opener Alison Brown knows about forging your own path: A banjo player who draws on jazz and folk, she heads her own successful Nashville record label Compass with an international following.
Wed., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2009