For This Artist, Spirituality and Music Are One in the Same
Unabashedly beautiful in sound and theme, experiencing live music by Iris DeMent is as much a personal journey as it is an auditory wonder. Catch the singer-songwriter on Friday, October 5th, when she performs live at Red Clay Music Foundry.
DeMent, born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, grew up immersed in gospel music and traditional country. Her second album, My Life, earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. Her 1996 album The Way I Should addressed political as well as personal themes and earned a Grammy nomination, as well.
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."
DeMent remained active as an artist. She sang four duets with John Prine on "In Spite of Ourselves" and had a minor role in the motion picture Songcatcher as well as contributing a song to its soundtrack. She continued playing live shows and in 2004, she recorded an album of gospel songs, Lifeline, which included her rendition of "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." In 2010 the Coen Brothers chose that song for the closing credits when they remade the classic western "True Grit."
DeMent has since released two additional albums of original content, entitled Sing the Delta (2012) and The Trackless Woods (2015). In 2017, as a testament to her years of devoted musicianship, DeMent received the Americana Trailblazer Award at the Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony.
Tickets to see Iris DeMent live are available for purchase online and by calling (404) 478-2749. General admission is $34.
At 1105 Town Brookhaven Apartments in Atlanta, Georgia, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Friday!
Friday, October 5, 2018—8:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Music Foundry
3116 Main Street
Duluth, Georgia 30096