Sing The Delta

October 3, 2016 - Comment

IRIS DEMENT’S FIRST ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS IN 16 YEARS SING THE DELTA OUT OCT 2nd Considered ”one of the finest artists of her generation” (All Music), Iris DeMent has returned with her first album of original music in 16 years, Sing The Delta, out October 2 on her own Flariella label. The album brings

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IRIS DEMENT’S FIRST ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS IN 16 YEARS SING THE DELTA OUT OCT 2nd

Considered ”one of the finest artists of her generation” (All Music), Iris DeMent has returned with her first album of original music in 16 years, Sing The Delta, out October 2 on her own Flariella label. The album brings the delta to life through timeless songs, DeMent’s richly evocative voice and support from a cast of first-call musicians including Al Perkins, Reese Wynans, and album co-producers Bo Ramsey and Richard Bennett.

Sing The Delta is uplifting and heartbreaking, ripe with twang and soul. Dixie horns, weeping slide guitar balladry and bright, Gospel-tinged piano swirl as Iris contemplates religion, love and family with introspection and imagery that few singer-songwriters can convey. Iris’ voice soars over a bluesy crawl on ”The Kingdom Has Already Come” while ”The Night I Learned How Not To Pray” is a vivid story about the tragic death of a young boy and subsequent religious reckoning.

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Rushmore says:

Moving I attended a Greg Brown concert recently. Bo Ramsey, in addition to being Greg’s side man, opened the show and mentioned that he had worked on this album of Iris’s which he highly recommended.Stylistically, Iris DeMent is quite different from her husband. Where GB is deep voiced, political, a touch crude, Iris is girlish, sincere, and quite twangy. She reminds me of Gillian Welch in that throwback, red-dirt-girl kind of way. Her voice is so distinctive and a bit of an acquired…

Moi Aussi says:

Sheer Painful Beauty Since I first heard Iris Dement back in 1995 (thank you, Northern Exposure), I’ve considered her one of our greatest singing and songwriting treasures, especially when she’s working in a more personal, intimate vein. Well, the personal and intimate predominate here, and the result is an album filled with almost unbelievable resonance, passion and compassion: a living demonstration of what you get when you survive long enough, keep your eyes open and decide to tell the truth as often as…

Constant Reader says:

Best CD of the year . . . probably the decade Iris Dement sings her heart out on this CD. The lyrics, too, are heartfelt and beautiful. The songs rise up into “the felt world”–what Henry James said all great art must create a sense of. And, friends, buy the CD with the liner notes. The introductory essay by Dement and the Shelby Adams-esq photos by Pieta Brown are well worth the price alone, not to mention that you can hold the CD in your hand and read the lyrics while you hear Iris sing. Iris Dement and Greg Brown: what a match made in…

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