Indigo Girls released their new song “Long Ride” today and can be heard on all streaming services. “Long Ride” is the first cowrite in almost twenty years for the American folk-rock duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers and was written and recorded for NPR Morning Edition’s Song Project. Ray and Saliers recorded the song from their separate home studios and was produced remotely by John Reynolds at Real World Studios with Claire Kenny on bass and keyboardist Carol Isaacs.
Listen to the full NPR segment here.
As for the inspiration for the song, the duo spoke to NPR. “When I first started speaking it was to me, kind of telling myself, like, hang on — this is gonna take a long time to get through this,” Ray tells NPR. “But I was also talking to, like, my friends and my family and just everybody I know that was trying to give up. People that I know that were alone in an apartment for three months in New York City, things like that.”
“It’s very hard to judge what anybody is going through right now, or how they’re reacting to it,” Saliers adds.” So I liked the sort of camaraderie of [saying], ‘It’s gonna be a long ride, I know.’ And then we kind of shifted the perspective to asking the question, ‘Have you been a witness to this yet? If you haven’t, here’s what’s going on.'”