Indigo Girl Amy Ray has announced an 18-city tour in support of her debut solo album, "Stag." The tour, with indie-punk outfit the Butchies acting as Ray's backing band, kicks off with a sold-out show

Indigo Girl Amy Ray has announced an 18-city tour in support of her debut solo album, "Stag." The tour, with indie-punk outfit the Butchies acting as Ray's backing band, kicks off with a sold-out show March 29 in Ray's hometown of Atlanta, and wraps up with two April dates in San Francisco. The Butchies will play an opening set each night.

"Stag," released on Daemon Records, a nonprofit independent that Ray has run out of her Decatur, Ga., home for the past decade, features the Butchies as the backing band on half the tracks. The Rock-A-Teens, Joan Jett, Luscious Jackson's Kate Schellenbach, and the Breeders' Josephine Wiggs also guest on the punk-flavored album.

"Getting these songs -- which run pretty left of Indigo Girls -- off my chest was such a tremendous relief," Ray told Billboard recently. "Last year, I found myself writing more than ever. Those songs needed a home. Now that I've made that happen, I feel a sense of relief and accomplishment. I also find myself feeling energized about making music again as an Indigo Girl."

Here are Amy Ray and the Butchies' tour dates:
March 29: Atlanta (Echo Lounge)
April 1: Orlando (Supper Club)
April 3: Chapel, Hill, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
April 5: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
April 6: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
April 7: Cambridge, Mass. (Lilli's)
April 8: Northampton, Mass. (Pearl Street)
April 10: Columbus, Ohio (Little Brothers)
April 11: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Blind Pig)
April 12: Chicago (Metro)
April 13: Louisville (Headliners)
April 14: Nashville (12th & Porter)
April 23: Seattle (Showbox)
April 24: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
April 25: Eugene, Ore. (Wow Hall)
April 27-28: San Francisco (Slim's)