Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH—Singer Iris DeMent opens the season at Chandler Music Hall on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Iris DeMent is an American singer and songwriter. DeMent’s musical style includes elements of the country and folk music genres. DeMent was inspired to write her first song “Our Town” by a drive through a boarded-up Midwest town, at the age of 25. The song lyrics came to her “exactly as it is now,” without need for re-writing, and she realized then that songwriting was her calling in life. Her first album, “Infamous Angel,” was released in 1992 on the Rounder-Philo label and explored such themes as religious skepticism, small-town life, and human frailty. DeMent has sung duets with Steve Earle, John Prine, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris and is featured on the albums of many other performers. She has made frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”
DeMent is married to singer-songwriter Greg Brown, who will be on Chandler’s Main Stage Oct. 28. Though originally asked if they would play a show together, their response was clear that they tend not to tour together.
Reserved seating: adults $24 in advance, $26 day of show; front 2 rows $35; students $10; kids 5 and under free. For tickets, visit chandler-arts.org or call the box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 802-728-6464. Chandler Music Hall is fully accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired. It is located at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph.
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