Iris DeMent, the great singer-songwriter with a classic country voice redolent of her home state of Arkansas, returns to Santa Fe for a show on Friday, Dec. 13, at St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, just off the Plaza at 107. W. Palace St.
DeMent emerged in the 1990s with a series of stunning albums that seemed ancient and modern at the same time. No less than Merle Haggard called her “the best singer I ever heard.” NPR has declared DeMent “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” and No Depression magazine said she “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.”
On a lighter note, check out her work with John Prine on his “In Spite Of Ourselves” duets album, particularly the sweet and fun Prine-original title track.