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Celebrated Country-Folk Artist Iris DeMent Returns

 Celebrated Country-Folk Artist Iris DeMent Returns to 

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, January 23, 2015 

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL–  The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces the return of celebrated country-folk artist Iris DeMent on Friday, January 23, 2015. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, September 5 at 10 a.m..

DeMent began writing songs at the age of 25. Her first album, Infamous Angel, was released in 1992 and explored
1620531_909063355788513_3836587193097268522_nsuch themes as religious skepticism, living in a small town, lamenting “nothing good ever lasts”, and forgiving human frailty. “Let the Mystery Be” has been covered by a number of artists, including 10,000 Maniacs and Alice Stuart, and was used in the opening scenes of the film Little Buddha. “Our Town” was played in the closing moments of the last episode of the CBS TV series Northern Exposure.

In her second album, My Life, released in 1994, she continued the personal and introspective approach. My Life was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category. DeMent’s third album, The Way I Should, was released in 1996. Featuring the protest song “Wasteland of the Free,” it is DeMent’s most political work, and covers topics like sexual abuse, religion, government policy, and Vietnam.

After an eight-year hiatus, she released the gospel album Lifeline in 2004. Her rendition of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was later used in the closing credits of the Coen brothers’ film True Grit.

DeMent has sung duets with John Prine (on In Spite of Ourselves), Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris and is featured on the albums of many other performers. She sang the Merle Haggard song “Big City” on Tulare Dust – A Songwriters’ Tribute to Merle Haggard. She has made frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion. She appeared in the 2000 film Songcatcher, playing the character Rose Gentry and singing on the soundtrack as well. She contributed harmony vocals to “Pallbearer,” a song from country artist Josh Turner’s 2012 album Punching Bag.

Tickets for this seated show will go on sale this Friday, September 5 at 10 a.m.. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at (800)745-3000.

SHOW: Iris DeMent

DATE: Friday, January 23, 2015 TIME: Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. TICKET PRICE: First Seven Rows: $32.75; All Remaining Rows: $29.75

 

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