Iris DeMent ~ “Go On Ahead and Go Home”
The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is thrilled to welcome back one of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris DeMent with special guest, Pieta Brown. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music; during her teenaged years, however, she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. DeMent first began composing songs at the age of 25.
Honing her skills at open-mic nights she won almost universal acclaim thanks to her pure, evocative vocal style and spare, heartfelt song craft.
Doors open at 6:30 and the music begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Tickets are $28.00 Advance General Admission, $32.00 Door General Admission, and $40.00 Limited Reserve. Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.
“She’s the best singer I’ve ever heard.” ~ Merle Haggard
Iris DeMent was born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, immersed in gospel music and traditional country. Her latest release, Sing the Delta, presents twelve self-penned compositions from an artist whose first three albums established her as one of the most beloved and respected writers and singers in American music.
With her first album, Infamous Angel, Iris DeMent was immediately proven to be a promising and talented artist. Her 1994 follow up, My Life, earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. Her 1996 release, The Way I Should, addressed political as well as personal themes and earned a Grammy nomination as well.
Pieta Brown‘s early upbringing was in a rural outpost in Iowa with no furnace, running water, or TV. From an early age she was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, Greg Brown, the beloved Midwestern folk singer.
Emerging from a disjointed and distinctly “bohemian” upbringing, Pieta began performing live and making independent recordings soon after teaching herself to play guitar.
Continually revealing new layers as both a songwriter and performer, Pieta is being recognized as one of modern Americana’s true gems.
The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities. The Foundry is a non profit organization.