While her partner in the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray, has released numerous other albums outside that duo over the years, Emily Saliers has thus far declined to stray. That will change on August 11th with the release of her debut solo album, Murmuration Nation.
Saliers goes for more of a rhythmically centered, globally inspired style on the album. She says that growing up in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1960s and ‘70s, and being exposed to southern R&B artists such as James Brown and Otis Redding, began her attraction to such sounds. “That’s the music that really stirred my spirit and made my body want to move. I found myself loving music from West Africa and South America for the same reasons. I think of it all as ‘body music.’”
Produced by Juilliard-trained violinist and frequent Indigo Girls collaborator, Lyris Hung, Murmuration Nation was recorded with an all-star band: bassist Tim LeFebvre (David Bowie, Tedeschi Trucks Band), keyboardist Rachel Eckroth (KT Tunstall) with drummers Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy) and Will Calhoun (Living Colour), with guest appearances from fellow luminaries like Lucy Wainwright Roche, Jonatha Brooke and Jennifer Nettles.