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Sing the Delta

Iris DeMent

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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

A solid new album from Iris

I've been a fan for a long time. I read the reviews below, for the life of me I just can't understand 2 stars. I went back to listen with the reviewers thought in mind. I just don't hear it. This is a very strong album. The melodies are sure and the lyrics poetic. Of all the albums I've purchased in the last two weeks,(10) this is at the top. Great stuff if you like this genre. Thank you Iris!

Iris is back!!!

Oh, it's been far too long since Iris Dement's last CD of original tunes. And I can tell you I can tell you it's been worth the wait. Although most of the songs heard have been those concert goers have heard for years they sound fresh and new with the background accompaniment. One of my favorites is poignant song, That's How I Learned How Not to Pray. This is an altogether Outstanding CD which will please her legions of fans and garner many more.

Best of 2012

This is the best country album of 2012 and without a doubt one of the finest collections in any genre this year. Timeless and hearbreakingly honest, Iris Dement has made her masterpiece. This ranks with the best of Loretta Lynn, Hazel Dickens, Tammy Wynette, and anyone else you can name.

Biography

Born: January 5, 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...
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