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Music in the Gardens: Dori Freeman

When: Wed., June 13, 7 p.m. 2018

Dori Freeman grew up in Galax, Virginia, a small town that's mostly known as a hub for old-time music and for hosting the world's biggest, longest-running fiddler's convention. Freeman largely rejects those traditions on Letters Never Read, which she released last October, but her heart still lies in the adjacent world of country music. Letters Never Read is a clear-eyed record that centers Freeman's thoughtful songwriting, which she wraps with tastefully twangy arrangements. "Ern and Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' Dog," on the other hand, features Freeman singing unaccompanied, which throws her unique skill set (and golden voice) into sharp focus: The song sounds fresh and contemporary while simultaneously nodding to old-time ballad singing and Andrews Sisters-era melodies. She kicks off Duke Performances' annual Music in the Gardens series with a breezy, early evening set. —Allison Hussey

Price: $5-$10, 12 and under free

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