Friday, Oct 25, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
SPACE, Evanston, IL
Sixteen years after the her last album, Iris DeMent?s Sing The Delta presents twelve self-penned compositions from an artist whose first three albums established her as one of the most beloved and respected writers and singers in American music. Along the way, several of DeMent?s songs became cultural touchstones. ?Let The Mystery Be? found its way to MTV Unplugged as a duet by David Byrne and Natalie Merchant. ?Our Town? was played over the farewell scene in the series finale of Northern Exposure. Merle Haggard, who said of DeMent, ?She?s the best singer I?ve ever heard,? invited her to sit in as his piano player touring with his legendary band The Strangers. He subsequently covered two of her songs ?No Time To Cry? and the gospel-tinged ?The Shores of Jordan.?
As with Lifeline, DeMent is releasing Sing The Delta on her own label, Flariella Records. It was recorded at Richard McLaurin?s House of David studio in Nashville with co-producers Richard Bennett and Bo Ramsey, with a supporting cast that included Bryan Owings on drums, Dave Jacques on bass, Al Perkins on pedal steel and Reese Wynans on B3 organ, as well as horn players Jim Hoke and Steve Herman on a couple of numbers