Music in Your Gardens:
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 7:00 pm
We’re proud to present H.C. McEntire as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area home. The series shifts Duke Performances’ longtime summer series, Music in the Gardens, normally held outdoors at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Duke’s campus, to an online format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On July 22 at 7 PM ET, we’ll premiere a new, specially recorded performance by H.C. online, free of charge, on our website and on our YouTube page. The film, pre-recorded in a socially-distanced manner, will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat with H.C., who will answer questions from viewers.
Over the past decade, Duke Performances has presented H.C. McEntire, one of Durham’s most prominent musicians, multiple times, both as a frontperson of the alt-country trio Mount Moriah and as a solo artist. McEntire grew up in western North Carolina listening to gospel and bluegrass; on her solo debut LIONHEART, McEntire writes biblical country music in a queer dialect, by turns visceral and delicate. LIONHEART showcases her singing and playing alongside a number of other local musicians — Phil Cook, Ryan Gustafson, Daniel Hart, Allyn Love — plus the likes of Angel Olsen, William Tyler, and Mary Lattimore. Broadcasting from her home outside Durham, McEntire bares her roots.
Duke Performances presents Music in Your Gardens in collaboration with Duke Arts, WXDU, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Continuing Studies, and Duke Summer Session. Hospitality partners include The Palace International and Locopops. Media sponsor: WUNC Music.
"[T]he singer-songwriter’s debut is a gorgeous devotional to the South that reshapes the traditions of country music into a powerfully queer and consequential set of songs."