Amy Ray and Emily Saliers met as students at Emery University in the mid-1980's and began performing together around the same time. Their first independent album was released in 1987, but it was their 1989 major label eponymous debut that brought them national attention. As the lead single off the LP, "Closer to Fine" was a major part of that breakthrough.
Interestingly, Ray and Saliers write separately; Saliers tends to favor a more traditional folk sound, while Ray's songs often incorporate more rock elements. "Closer to Fine" was written by Saliers, and is loosely based on her experiences. The song would go on to become the group's biggest hit, reaching #52 on the singles charts. The album would peak at #22 and eventually go double platinum.
The video is a straightforward performance piece that highlights the strong songwriting and crisp harmonies that are the signature of the group. It remains one of our favorite 1980's folk tunes.