Iris DeMent w/Ana Egge @ The Waiting Room Lounge
March 24 @ 8:00 pm
Doors at 7:00 / $35 Advance Tickets / $40 Day Of Show / Advance tickets available @ etix.com.
On February 24, 2023, Iris DeMent contemplates the external and internal issues of our world with her 7th album, the inspiring Workin’ On A World. During the course of her celebrated career, the pioneering artist has continued to evolve as she thoughtfully touches on the critical moments in our lives. On Workin’ On A World, her songs are her way of healing our broken inner and outer spaces.
With an inimitable voice as John Prine described, “like you’ve heard, but not really,” and unforgettable melodies rooted in hymns, gospel, and old country music, Iris DeMent is simply one of the finest singer-songwriters in America today. Her debut record Infamous Angel, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, was recently named one of the “greatest country albums of all time” by Rolling Stone, and her two albums that followed, My Life and The Way I Should, each garnered GRAMMY nominations in the Contemporary Folk category. Seeking more independence as an artist, DeMent went on to establish her own record label in 2004, and released a series of critically acclaimed albums beginning with 2004’s Lifeline, which she describes as “a bunch of old church songs I grew up singing and still love.” Her return in 2012 with Sing The Delta prompted NPR to call her “one of the great voices in popular contemporary music.” The Boston Globe hailed the collection as “a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power.” Taking a surprising detour in 2015 with The Trackless Woods, DeMent set poems by the late Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to music—a record described by The Guardian as “a quietly powerful triumph.” With songs featured in film and television and recorded by numerous artists, there’s no getting around that the music is in DeMent, and thirty years after her debut, she’s still creating some of the most poignant music of her career, bridging seemingly disparate worlds with every note.