Friday, May 27
Janis Ian: Last North American Tour – ‘Celebrating Our Years Together’
Grammy-winning recording artist, songwriter, and musician Janis Ian brings her “Celebrating Our Years Together” tour to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater on Friday, May 27. The monthslong run, which Ian is calling her “final tour of the U.S.,” follows the January release of "The Light at the End of the Line"—her “last solo studio album” and first album of new material in fifteen years. Secure your seats today.
Please note: MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES AND STAFF. For the safety of our guests and staff, the CMA Theater is requiring proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the show date to attend ticketed events.
Now her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, Janis Ian received her most recent Grammy nomination in 2016, making a total of 10 nominations over the years in 8 categories! (She lost to President Jimmy Carter.) Her last Grammy Award, presented at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, was for Best Spoken Word Album for her audio book “Society’s Child” (Audible.com). She had stiff competition — President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. When she won, she sincerely considered it to be a “stunning upset.” With her inimitable sense of humor, she went on to say “There must be a joke in here somewhere. An ex-president, a First Lady and three lesbians go into a bar…”
On a more serious note, she said, “We artists are the last alchemists, pulling your dreams, your hopes, your deepest desires out of thin air, and turning them into something you can hear, and play, and sing.. We don’t sell music. We sell dreams.”
2016 marks a year of anniversaries for Janis. She wrote “Society’s Child”, her first hit, fifty years ago, at the age of fourteen. Some months later, in collaboration with producer Shadow Morton (The New York Dolls, The Shangri-las, “In a gadda da vida” with Iron Butterfly), she recorded “Society’s Child” and then her first album, Grammy nominee Janis Ian. It also marks forty years since she received two Grammys for her work on “At Seventeen” and Between the Lines.