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It's often said that the best source material for songs comes from your life – your friends, your family and every day occurrences. And if that's the case, Iris DeMent won't run out of things to write about any time soon.
DeMent, the youngest of 14 children, was born in Arkansas, raised in California and grew up immersed in gospel and traditional country music. Though she didn't write her first song until age 25, her first release, "Infamous Angel," established her as a blooming tour de force in the industry. Her sophomore follow-up, "My Life," earned a Grammy nomination, as did her 1996 album, "The Way I Should."
Is there anything left to accomplish when a legend like Merle Haggard calls you, "The best singer I've ever heard"? There was for DeMent, whose songs like "Let The Mystery Be" and "Our Town" became ingrained in American culture, she simply kept plugging away. In 2004, she recorded an album of gospel songs called "Lifeline." Another highlight came six years later, when the Coen Brothers chose a song from that album, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," for the closing credits of a remake of the classic western "True Grit."
On October 2, 2012, DeMent released her first album of original songs in 16 years, "Sing the Delta." It was recorded in Nashville, with an all-star supporting cast that included Bryan Owings on drums, Dave Jacques on bass, Al Perkins on pedal steel and Reese Wynana on B3 organ. Jim Hoke and Steve Herman also sat in as horn players. The project, of course, was heralded by fans and critics alike.
DeCant will soon set off on a December tour of New Zealand and Australia. She'll return stateside in the new year, and has dates booked through May 2014.
Iris Dement Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|The Way I Should||1996|
Top 10 Iris Dement Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||Sweet Is the Melody||2,801||1,464|
|3||You've Done Nothing Wrong||1,967||1,125|
|4||The Shores Of Jordan||1,749||1,025|
|6||No Time To Cry||1,795||1,007|
|8||Calling For You||1,661||967|
|9||Let the Mystery Be||2,118||951|
|10||Hotter than Mojave in My Heart||1,313||655|
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Iris Dement Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 05/22/2015 Hindmarsh SA The Gov 05/15/2015 Alexandria VA Birchmere Music Hall 04/11/2015 Ithaca NY Hangar Theatre 04/10/2015 East Aurora NY 189 Public House 03/29/2015 Eugene OR Cozmic 03/27/2015 Portland OR Aladdin Theater 03/26/2015 Seattle WA Triple Door 03/07/2015 Bowling Green KY The Warehouse 03/06/2015 Louisville KY KCD Theater 03/05/2015 Cincinnati OH 20th Century Theater 02/28/2015 Toronto ON Hugh's Room 02/27/2015 Toronto ON Hugh's Room 01/25/2015 Clearwater FL Capitol Theatre 01/24/2015 Orlando FL Plaza Theatre 01/23/2015 Ponte Vedra Beach FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 01/17/2015 Bloomington IN Buskirk-Chumley Theater 01/16/2015 Columbus OH Shedd Theatre
Iris Dement Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 10/25/2014 Napa CA City Winery - Napa 10/24/2014 Berkeley CA Freight & Salvage 10/23/2014 Nevada City CA Miners Foundry Cultural Center 09/21/2014 Chicago IL City Winery - Chicago 09/20/2014 Ann Arbor MI The Ark 08/03/2014 White River Junction VT Tupelo Music Hall 08/02/2014 Shirley MA Bull Run Restaurant 08/01/2014 Camden ME Camden Opera House 07/31/2014 Brownfield ME Stone Mountain Arts Center 07/30/2014 Portsmouth NH Prescott Park 07/19/2014 Boulder CO Chautauqua Auditorium 07/18/2014 Denver CO Daniels Hall 07/12/2014 Raleigh NC North Carolina Museum of Art 07/11/2014 Asheville NC The Grey Eagle 07/10/2014 Athens GA The Melting Point 07/06/2014 Stoughton WI Stoughton Opera House 07/05/2014 Saint Paul MN Macalester College 07/04/2014 Saint Paul MN Macalester College 06/27/2014 Des Moines IA Western Gateway Park 05/18/2014 Beacon NY Towne Crier Cafe 05/17/2014 Port Washington NY The Landmark 05/16/2014 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater 05/15/2014 State College PA The State Theatre 05/10/2014 Little Rock AR CALS Ron Robinson Theater 05/09/2014 Memphis TN Buckman Performing Arts Center 05/08/2014 Nashville TN 3rd & Lindsley 04/12/2014 Wilmington DE World Cafe Live at the Queen 04/11/2014 Alexandria VA Birchmere Music Hall 04/10/2014 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage 04/04/2014 Fargo ND Fargo Theatre 03/29/2014 Tarrytown NY Tarrytown Music Hall 03/28/2014 South Orange NJ South Orange Performing Arts Center 03/14/2014 Chicago IL Orchestra Hall 02/16/2014 Austin TX Cactus Cafe 02/15/2014 Dallas TX The Kessler Theater 02/14/2014 Austin TX Cactus Cafe 01/12/2014 Decatur GA Eddie's Attic 01/10/2014 Knoxville TN Bijou Theatre
Iris Dement Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/06/2013 Meeniyan Vic Meeniyan Hall 11/23/2013 Kansas City MO Knuckleheads Saloon 11/22/2013 Saint Louis MO Sheldon Concert Hall 11/21/2013 Columbia MO Rose Music Hall 11/09/2013 Madison WI Overture Hall 10/26/2013 Bloomington IL Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts 10/25/2013 Evanston IL SPACE 10/18/2013 Springfield IL Sangamon Auditorium 09/20/2013 Bristol VA Downtown Bristol 08/11/2013 Oslo 03 Kulturkirken Jakob 08/08/2013 Dublin D National Concert Hall 08/07/2013 Londonderry Dry Millennium Forum 07/28/2013 Truro MA Payomet Performing Arts Center 07/27/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/26/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/26/2013 East Meredith NY West Kortright Centre 07/26/2013 Newport RI Fort Adams State Park 07/25/2013 New York NY City Winery 06/30/2013 Laytonville CA Black Oak Ranch 06/29/2013 Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Music Hall 06/28/2013 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall 06/26/2013 Sacramento CA Assembly Sacramento 06/23/2013 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern 06/22/2013 Los Angeles CA First Unitarian Church - Los Angeles 06/21/2013 Phoenix AZ Musical Instrument Museum 06/20/2013 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre 05/31/2013 Vienna VA Jammin Java 05/30/2013 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage 05/12/2013 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall 05/03/2013 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse 05/02/2013 Carrboro NC The ArtsCenter 04/19/2013 Montclair NJ Outpost in the Burbs at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation 04/18/2013 Ephrata PA Ephrata Main Theater 04/07/2013 Saint Cloud MN Pioneer Place On Fifth 04/06/2013 Minneapolis MN Cedar Cultural Center 04/05/2013 Stoughton WI Stoughton Opera House 03/29/2013 Athens GA The Melting Point 03/25/2013 Seattle WA Triple Door 03/23/2013 Seattle WA Triple Door 03/22/2013 Portland OR Aladdin Theater 03/21/2013 Grants Pass OR Rogue Theatre 02/15/2013 Des Moines IA Wooly's 02/08/2013 Bloomington IN Buskirk-Chumley Theater 02/07/2013 Louisville KY Clifton Center 01/22/2013 Wilmington DE World Cafe Live at the Queen 01/21/2013 Alexandria VA Birchmere Music Hall 01/19/2013 Northampton MA Iron Horse Music Hall 01/18/2013 Cambridge MA The Sinclair
Iris Dement Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/15/2012 New York NY Town Hall 12/09/2012 Clearwater FL Capitol Theatre 12/08/2012 Orlando FL Plaza Theatre 12/07/2012 Ponte Vedra Beach FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 12/01/2012 Nevada City CA Miners Foundry Cultural Center 11/30/2012 Berkeley CA Freight & Salvage 11/29/2012 Petaluma CA Mystic Theatre 11/17/2012 Ann Arbor MI The Ark 11/16/2012 Nelsonville OH Stuart's Opera House 11/15/2012 Cincinnati OH 20th Century Theater 11/10/2012 Fall River MA Narrows Center for the Arts 11/09/2012 Middlebury VT After Dark Music Series 11/08/2012 Londonderry NH Tupelo Music Hall 10/21/2012 Toronto ON Hugh's Room 10/20/2012 Toronto ON Hugh's Room 09/01/2012 Boothbay Harbor ME Boothbay Harbor 08/11/2012 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 08/11/2012 Nashville TN Grand Ole Opry House 01/28/2012 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage
Iris Dement Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 08/06/2011 Evanston IL SPACE 03/12/2011 Seattle WA Triple Door 03/11/2011 Portland OR Aladdin Theater
Iris Dement Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 08/21/2010 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 07/24/2010 Petaluma CA Mystic Theatre 07/23/2010 Berkeley CA Freight & Salvage 06/05/2010 Bloomington IN Bluebird Nightclub 06/04/2010 Evanston IL SPACE