NPR’s Rachel Martin sat down with Iris recently for an interview on Weekend Edition Sunday. Among the highlights:
On Sing the Delta‘s title track
“That song, I wrote at a time when my mom was kind of slipping away. She was 93 and becoming ill, and things weren’t looking good. That song, I think, just came out of a realization I had one day [of] the degree to which she had embodied a whole culture and passed that on to me. And that was that part of the country, the Arkansas Delta. … A lot of what I had stamped on me — musically, Sunday-dinner-wise, religion and everything else — was a direct outgrowth of that.”
Listen to the segment here.