LAYTON - As life changes, so do the songs it inspires.
That’s the philosophy of Emily Saliers, who along with Amy Ray make up the well-known folk rock music duo Indigo Girls. The group will perform July 25 at 8 p.m. at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton, mixing new songs and personal favorites with some of their well-known hits.
Though their first album was released in 1987 and they’ve been performing ever since, there’s no song they’re tired of.
“A song I wrote years ago, like ‘Ghost,’ meant something different to me then than it does now,” said Saliers. “So we don’t get bored with them. We allow them to live their own lives.”
This is true of even some of their best-known, most requested songs, including 1989’s “Closer to Fine,” 1990’s “Hammer and Nail,” and 1992’s “Galileo.”
“People sing along with them, which is fun,” said Saliers. “We love them because they bring people together. They’re like old friends.”
Like their songs, Saliers and Ray are old friends that let each other live their own lives. Ray has released several solo albums, while Saliers is a partner in an Atlanta restaurant called The Watershed that focuses on local and seasonal food.
“(Amy and I) are like family, but we have a lot of interests independent of each other,” said Saliers. “As much of what we do separately keeps us together as what we do together.”
Both sides are represented in the new music coming from the duo. Ray released her latest solo album earlier this year, called Goodnight Tender, and the duo are currently writing songs for the next Indigo Girls album.
“We’re really excited about that,” she said. “And Amy’s solo album is fabulous.”
Though some songs from the solo album will be performed at the July 25 concert, Saliers said that none of the music from the forthcoming album will make its debut.
“They’re not quite seasoned enough to perform yet,” she said.
When they are ready to make an appearance, fans will be able to follow the album’s creation via making-of videos posted at indigogirls.com. Though they’re in the process of revamping the website, they’re planning on keeping it up to date during the entire process.
“Everything’s going to be on the website,” said Saliers.
Davis County fans, however, will get the chance to hear the duo live. The two are no strangers to local audiences, and they’re always happy to return to the state.
“We’ve played in Utah quite a bit over the years, and we always get a great crowd,” said Saliers. “Hats off to the fans out there.”
They particularly enjoy the Ed Kenley Amphitheater, where they’ve played before.
“It’s just fun,” she said. “It’s kind of an unusual venue, but it’s really sweet. I loved it.”
For tickets and more information about the concert, call 801-546-8575 or visit davisarts.org.