Celebrated folk music artist and Americana Music Association’s 2017 “Americana Trailblazer Award” winner, Iris DeMent, will be performing at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Beginning with her 1992 debut, “Infamous Angel”, which was hailed as “an essential album of the 1990’s” by Rolling Stone, DeMent released a series of stellar records that established her as “one of the finest singer-songwriters in America” according to The Guardian. The music earned her multiple Grammy nominations, as well as the respect of peers like John Prine, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris, who all invited her to collaborate. Merle Haggard dubbed her “the best singer I’ve ever heard” and asked her to join his touring band, and David Byrne and Natalie Merchant famously covered her “Let The Mystery Be” as a duet on MTV Unplugged.
Her song “Our Town” is often immediately recognized as the song from the closing credits of Northern Exposure and “Let The Mystery Be” was featured in the opening scenes of the film, Little Buddha, and then became the theme for the opening credits of the HBO series, The Leftovers. In 2012, DeMent released the album, “Sing The Delta’, which prompted NPR to call her “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” and The Boston Globe to hail the collection as “a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power”.
DeMent recently released her sixth album, “The Trackless Woods”, an album that sets the words of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to music. Dement was also honored with the Americana Music Association’s 2017 “Americana Trailblazer Award” for her tenacity in forging her own path in the music industry.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.