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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Flariella Records
  • ASIN: B008FSCNWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on October 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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 taste. As she has gotten older the voice has mellowed. It is so evocative of rural Arkansas where she was born. Unlike Greg Brown, you will not find Iris with a pocket full of brand new songs. Clearly she takes her time, thinks very carefully about what she wants to say and how to say it best. This album is quite special and echoes the theme of Infamous Angel from 1992: Iris paying tribute to her mom and like a good daughter showing the wisdom of her mother's life lessons.

The record is truly a family affair. Bo Ramsey is one of the family. He is married to Greg's daughter Pieta Brown. He tours with Greg and Pieta and has worked on everyone's albums. Pieta gets the photo credits for the album, including the classic cover photo. The other musicians on this album are not so familiar to me, but I like to imagine they are like family to Iris. Fittingly, the album is dedicated to Dasha, the Russian-born daughter she and GB adopted several years ago. I found it quite touching that she thanked Greg "for never losing faith in me." I imagine the harder battle for this humble and talented woman is not to lose faith in herself.

I found myself unexpectedly moved to tears by Before the Colors Fade. Another high point: Mama Was Always Tellin' Her Truth.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Moi Auci on October 2, 2012
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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 possible. Bittersweet even in her lightest moments, Iris conveys the kind of unvarnished sentiment that was country music's hallmark once upon a time, then combines that sentiment with a poet's sure touch and what I frankly consider the best, most lived-in voice of anyone singing today. Hope it doesn't take 16 years the next time around, but if it does, I've got something to tide me over.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on October 6, 2012
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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 heaven. This is not a five-star CD; it's a ten-star one. I hope she wins every award out there.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Morris on October 2, 2012
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I've loved Iris for many years. I see her every chance I get.
This was worth the wait and not a song disappoints.
I can't stop listening to it......
"Before the Colors Fade" is the highlight for me.
Thank you Iris.
Welcome back
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2012
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Love it! Very pure sound to her vocals. Her piano accompaniment will remind some of the old time music that was and is still played in small churches in the South. Highly recommend "Morning Glory".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on November 14, 2012
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Frankly, and I admit this publicly in this space, I love Ms. Iris Dement. Not personally, of course, but through her voice, her lyrics and her musical presence. This `confession' may seem rather startling coming from a reviewer who is as likely here to go on and on about Bolsheviks, `Che', Leon Trotsky, high communist theory and the like. Especially, as well given Ms. Dement's seemingly simple quasi- religious themes and commitment to paying homage to her rural background in song. All such discrepancies though go out the window here. Why?

Well, for one, this old radical got a lump in his throat the first time he heard "Sing The Delta ." Okay, that happens sometimes-once- but why did he have the same reaction on the fifth and twelfth hearings? Explain that. I can easily enough. If, on the very, very remotest chance, there is a heaven then I know one of the choir members. Enough said. By the way give a listen to Out Of The Fire and Mornin' Glory. Then you too will be in love with Ms. Iris Dement. Iris, here is my proposal, once again. If you get tired of fishing the U.P., or wherever, with Mr. Greg Brown, get bored with his endless twaddle about old Iowa farms or going on and on about Granma's fruit cellar just whistle. Better yet just yodel like you did on Jimmie Rodgers Going Home on that "Driftless" CD.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Barclay on October 3, 2012
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The other two reviews say it all. I'll simply add, THANK YOU Iris for a wonderful disc. I can't stop listening.
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I wholeheartedly agree. I've been waiting for years for news that Iris would finally release another album, and I think it's going to be another great album from her. "Sing the Delta" is a fantastic song, and shows that Iris hasn't lost her gift.

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