Thirty years into one of the most storied careers in popular music, Emily Saliers decided to record her debut album.
“What’s a 53 year old woman doing making her first solo record?” muses Saliers, best known as one half of the iconic duo Indigo Girls. “What compels someone like me to follow this strong attachment to rhythmic music?”
Murmuration Nation answers those questions both passionately and profoundly. In this “post-fact” era in which we find ourselves living today, Saliers’ fearless voice and insightful perspective feel more vital and relevant than ever before. The songs also reveal a new side of Saliers’ artistry, one that even her most ardent fans might not
expect to hear.
“It was so freeing to pursue the kind of music I truly wanted to make without regard to
what I’d done before or who I’m expected to be,” says Saliers. I hope that this record can take people who think they know me already on a journey that’ll really surprise them.”
While Indigo Girls is still very much alive and well, Murmuration Nation is Saliers’ first
release under her own name, and it’s a surprising journey indeed. The record brims over
with life and energy, blurring both musical and geographical boundaries as Saliers
breaks down barriers with a bold and infectious spirit of adventure. Recorded with an
all-star band—including bassist Tim LeFebvre (David Bowie, Tedeschi Trucks Band),
keyboardist Rachel Eckroth (KT Tunstall), and drummers Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky
Puppy) and Will Calhoun (Living Colour)—and featuring guest appearances from fellow
luminaries like Lucy Wainwright Roche, Jonatha Brooke, and Jennifer Nettles, the album
explores the kind of rhythmically centered, globally inspired music that’s always held a
special place in Saliers’ heart.