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An Arkansas native now living in Iowa with her husband, folk musician Greg Brown, Iris DeMent is still a Southerner at her core. It's been 16 years since her last album of original material, 1996's The Way I Should. Now DeMent returns after sitting on the sidelines for the entire alt-country explosion, which her music surely inspired. Her songs have an unhurried, timeless quality that adhere to no premeditated schedule. "Go on Ahead and Go Home" starts at the piano with just a New Orleans–inspired lick and DeMent's gospel best waiting on the band that slowly joins her until even a Hammond organ takes a quick solo. However, it isn't long before DeMent slows down for the mournful "Before the Colors Fade." The upbeat "The Night I Learned How Not to Pray" highlights the shaking of faith in a young girl who watches her young brother pass away despite the prayers. "Makin' My Way Back Home" offers a subtle execution of classic country. Co-producers Bo Ramsey and Richard Bennett coax great performances and provide steady but never heavyhanded guidance and comfort.

Customer Reviews

sing the delta

what a voice...haunting and fragile......stories that touch every living pore in your body.....can't stop listening to it

Great great album

From first listen this albums just grabs you with its great songs and the most amazing singing voice. Everyone I play it too loves it and also asks who it is. In my opinion one of the best albums of the year.

Iris does it again.

Yet another fine album from Iris. All the songs seem to come straight from the heart.


Born: 05 January 1961 in Paragould, AR

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris DeMent was born on January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas, the youngest of 14 children. 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. Upon graduating high school, she relocated...
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