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Stag [Amy Ray]

  • 1. Johnny Rottentail
    2. Laramie
    3. Lucy Stoners
    4. Hey Castrator
    5. Late Bloom
    6. Measure of Me
    7. Black Heart Today
    8. Mtns. of Glory
    9. Lazy Boy
    10. On Your Honor
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19030

  • Credits
    ProducerAmy Ray

    Personnel: Amy Ray (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Joan Jett, Hunter Manasco (vocals, guitar); Katharine McElroy (vocals, bass); Danielle Howe (vocals); Larry Holt (guitar); Josephine Wiggs (keyboards, bass); Kate Schellenbach (glockenspiel, drums); David Barbe (bass); Will Lochamy, Gary Hansen (drums).
    The Butchies: Kaia Wilson (vocals, guitar); Alison Martlew (vocals, bass); Melissa York (vocals, drums, percussion).
    The Rock*A*Teens: Chris Lopez (vocals, guitar, drums); Kelly Hogan (vocals, guitar); Justin Hughes (guitar).
    Engineers include: David Barbe, Adam Lasus, Glenn Matullo.
    Recorded at Modern Recording, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Chase Park Transduction, Athens, Georgia; Fireproof Recording, Brooklyn, New York; Orphan Studio, Atlanta, Georgia; Denial Studios, Birmingham, Alabama.
    Personnel: Amy Ray (vocals, guitar); Chris Lopez (vocals, guitar, drums); Kaia Wilson, Joan Jett, Kelly Hogan, Hunter Manasco (vocals, guitar); Melissa York (vocals, drums, percussion); Danielle Howle, Katharine McElroy (vocals); Larry Holt (guitar); Josephine Wiggs (keyboards); Kate Schellenbach (glockenspiel, drums); Will Lochamy, Gerry Hansen (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Amy Ray; David Barbe.
    Recording information: 2000.
    Photographers: Amy Ray; Susan Tanner.
    As one half of the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray helped make the '80s and '90s safe for smart, modern folk-rock. On her solo debut, Ray takes a step to the left of the mainstream, adopting a sound much rougher than that of the Indigo Girls and working with underground rockers like producer/engineer Chris Stamey and the Rock*A*Teens.
    Things start out in appropriately gritty fashion, with an energetic punk bluegrass ode to Johnny Rotten. Along the way, Ray touches on everything from the Neil Young/Crazy Horse-like guitar rock of "Laramie" to the frantic lo-fi raving of "Mountains of Glory" and the low-key acoustic balladry of "Lazyboy." Those who come to STAG expecting an Indigo Girls redux will be surprised to find that Ray's approach here is aimed at a much less pop-oriented audience.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (3/16/01, p.68) - "...Ray's rocking songs earn her honorary riot grrl stripes [and] saves this from becoming what could have been a drab discourse on gender politics..." - Rating: B+
    Q (10/02, p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Unexpectedly vibrant, like riot grrl with tunes..."
    Alternative Press (6/01, pp.81-2) - 3 out of 5 - "...Comfortable in its noise, STAG proves that, even plugged-in, Ray remains closer to fine."
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