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Loudon Wainwright III & Iris DeMent

  • Tarrytown Music Hall 13 Main Street Tarrytown, NY, 10591 United States (map)

The critically acclaimed singer/songwriters return to the Music Hall for this incredible co-bill. Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and wrote his first song in 1968 (“Edgar,” about a lobsterman in Rhode Island). He was soon signed to Atlantic Records by Nesuhi Ertegun, and was lured by Clive Davis to Columbia Records, which released “Dead Skunk.” His songs have since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. In 2011, they were commemorated by the comprehensive five-disc retrospective 40 Odd Years. Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)--or HGTB(Y), for short—is the 26th album in the long and illustrious career of Loudon Wainwright III. It follows his acclaimed Older Than My Old Man Now album from 2012—“my death n’ decay opus,” as Wainwright calls it.  The youngest of 14 children, born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, Iris DeMent spent her childhood immersed in gospel and traditional country music. Her 1992 album Infamous Angel established her as a promising and talented artist, picked-up by Warner Bros Records. Her next album, My Life, received a Grammy nomination for best Contemporary Folk. In August 2015, DeMent released her latest and sixth studio album, The Trackless Woods, which sets Russian poet Anna Akhmatova's "Like a White Stone" to song. "DeMent makes music that celebrates humanity's efforts toward salvation, while acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don't feel so redeemed," writes NPR Music. "Grounded in hymns, early country songs, gospel and folk, DeMent's work is treasured by those who know it for its insight and unabashed beauty.”