Indigo Girls To Get Social On Road

Duo to start U.S. tour five days before new LP hits stores.

The Indigo Girls will be on the road by the time their sixth studio album, Come On Now Social, hits stores Sept. 28.

The folk-rock duo, who are scheduled to perform at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle on Friday (Sept. 3), take to the road for a U.S. tour beginning Sept. 23 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The tour, which heads through the South and East, is scheduled to close Oct. 22, when the Indigo Girls play a home-state show at the University of Georgia in Athens.

On Come On Now Social the Indigo Girls — singer/guitarists Amy Ray, 35, and Emily Saliers, 36 — get support from rock singers Sheryl Crow and Joan Osborne and members of The Band and Luscious Jackson.

As on past Indigo Girls albums, Ray and Saliers wrote their songs for Come On Now Social separately. "Emily and I don't ever actually write together," Ray wrote on their official website (www.indigogirls.com).

The duo, formed in 1985, have cultivated a reputation for their literate, politically aware folk-rock.

Their spring 1998 tour of high schools sparked controversy after several principals canceled shows, citing Ray's and Saliers' lesbianism and an obscenity in their song "Shame on You" (RealAudio excerpt).

Indigo Girls Tour Dates:

Sept. 3; Seattle, Wash.; Bumbershoot Festival

Sept. 23; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Memorial Auditorium

Sept. 24; Antioch, Tenn.; First American Music Center

Sept. 25; Greenville, S.C.; Peace Center

Sept. 26; Raleigh, N.C.; Alltel Pavilion

Sept. 28; Savannah, Ga.; Johnny Mercer Theatre

Sept. 29; Birmingham, Ala.; Civic Center

Sept. 30; Knoxville, Tenn.; Knoxville Civic Coliseum

Oct. 2; Davidson, N.C.; Baker Sports Complex

Oct. 4–5; Upper Darby, Pa.; Tower Theatre

Oct. 6; Lowell, Mass.; Tsongas Arena

Oct. 8; Fairfax, Va.; Patriot Center

Oct. 11–12; New York, N.Y.; Beacon Theatre

Oct. 16; Amherst, Mass.; Mullins Center

Oct. 22; Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia