Iris DeMent


HBO’s The Leftovers to feature Iris Dement’s song

October 1, 2015

On Sunday, October 4th, Iris Dement’s song “Let The Mystery Be” will play over opening credits for HBO’s show, The Leftovers. Check out the show’s official page here for more info!


PopMatters reviews “The Trackless Woods”

August 21, 2015

Check out this in-depth PopMatters review of Iris’ new album “The Trackless Woods”.

The Trackless Woods has a lightness of touch which makes Dement’s interpretation of Akhmatova’s collision with history an interesting listen. It is equally captivating when addressing the personal. A particular highlight is the haunting and emotional “The Souls of All My Dears”, based on lines from Akhmatova’s “Requiem”.”

Read the full review!


Trackless Woods featured on NPR

August 13, 2015

Listen to NPR’s Ken Tucker talk about Iris Dement’s new album “The Trackless Woods” as he plays sound clips and comments after each one. Listen here!


Oxford American on Iris and The Trackless Woods

June 30, 2015

Check out this new article by Oxford American about Iris Dement and her upcoming album, The Trackless Woods. The article also features an exclusive song off the new album!

Read the article and listen to the song here!


NPR Announces ‘The Trackless Woods”

May 14, 2015

“Iris DeMent makes music that celebrates humanity’s efforts toward salvation, while           acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don’t feel so redeemed. Grounded in hymns, early country songs, gospel and folk, DeMent’s work is treasured by those who know it for its insight and unabashed beauty.”

Read the full announcement on NPR HERE


Sing the Delta in USA Today Playlist

October 12, 2012

USA Today adds Sing the Delta to their playlist:

“The title cut from DeMent’s new album is a love song to the South, her drawl caressing the lyrics like a Stax Records piano-triplet groove.”

See the playlist here.


Sing The Delta reviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air

October 12, 2012

NPR’s Ken Tucker reviews Sing the Delta on Fresh Air:

“The songs on Sing the Delta only grow more rich, more emotionally complex, the more you hear them. And I plan to keep listening to these songs for a long time.”

Read the complete review online.


NPR’s All Things Considered reviews Sing The Delta

October 9, 2012

“Even though Iris DeMent admits she likes to work at her own pace when it comes to songwriting, 16 years is a long time. The songs themselves are as languorous as a hot summer afternoon, evoking DeMent’s early childhood in Arkansas. But her distinct voice – richer, more expressive and more reflective than ever – pulls you along through the entire album. In an era when we demand instant gratification from everything, DeMent’s new CD says a lot for taking your sweet time.”

Meredith Ochs of NPR’s All Things Considered reviews “Sing The Delta” – listen to the complete review online.


Sing The Delta “a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power” – Boston Globe

October 3, 2012

Stuart Munro of The Boston Globe had some kind words for Sing The Delta:

“The songs on “Sing the Delta” took a long time to make their way to Iris DeMent; she released her last album of original material 16 years ago. Her patience has rewarded us with a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power. “Sing the Delta” finds her, still, writing plainspoken, fiercely honest, deeply considered songs about matters of faith and questioning (“The Night I Learned How Not to Pray”), loss and remembering (“Before the Colors Fade”), simple beauty (“Mornin’ Glory”), and, especially, family and the ties family produces to place and the past (“Sing the Delta”). Those explorations are conveyed by a persistent gospel tenor and by her remarkable, thick twang, which quavers, thins, stretches, and soars in a manner that cuts to the emotional heart of the matter. In the album’s most explicitly autobiographical song, DeMent pays tribute to her mother: “When it came to her feelins there wasn’t a back burner on that stove,” she sings; “My mama was always tellin’ her truth.” On “Sing the Delta,” DeMent tells — sings, to our great fortune — her truth.


Read the review here.


Sing the Delta is ‘a major event’

August 29, 2012

Engine 145 and Wall Street Journal writer Barry Mazor had some kind words for the upcoming Sing the Delta, calling it “a major event, one of the most moving releases of the decade” after seeing Iris at her recent Country Music Hall of Fame performance. Read the full article here.