AE: I always think of punk, which is how you’ve categorized your earlier solo projects, as somehow inherently free of restriction.
With a country record, did you feel pressure to function within a more confined space, to produce a specific sound?
I’d throw one on a record every now and then, like “Johnny Rottentail” (.
I just decided to take the songs I’d written, work on a few more, polish them, put together a band and do it.
Amy Ray: I’ve had respect for the craft of country songwriting for a long time, but had never attempted it.
In 2000, I started to write some more mountain songs.
After caught up with Amy Ray to discuss Collins’ influence, their secret to staying together and how their approach has changed as they prepare to release their new studio album. Individually, our writing processes have evolved over time and the way we set time aside.delivers all the rough passion fans have come to expect of the sometime-Indigo Girl but within a perhaps gentler genre.Ray spoke with After Ellen about her longstanding admiration for country music, evolving relationship with her gender, and what it really means to “write what you know.”After What made you interested in creating a country record?Some bands signed to Daemon include Girlyman, Magnapop, Nineteen Forty-Five, Michelle Malone, Three Finger Cowboy, Danielle Howle and the Tantrums, Gerard Mc Hugh, New Mongrels, Grady Cousins, The Oblivious, Snow Machine, Utah Phillips and Rose Polenzani.She often collaborates with The Butchies, a punk band featuring drummer, Melissa York and vocalist/guitarist Kaia Wilson.Before, we’d see each other and then come up with ideas. Typically we only spend two weeks recording the record and we do a lot of stuff live.