Iris Dement

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1990s – 270 to 261

By Steve Crawford | September 9, 2020

it came out just exactly as it is now. It was just there, and it was my first song

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1992, Part I

By Steve Crawford | March 17, 2017

DeMent’s declaration to believe in love while alive

10 Songs: Friday, December 25th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | December 25, 2015

Rhymes “glory” with “purgatory”… what more do you need to know?

Oldies But Goldies: Iris DeMent, August 2009, Songs Of Family and Faith

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2015

This was the first of the three times I’ve seen Iris DeMent, and though I think she has been better, I certainly don’t think she has been more fun

Iris DeMent At Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center, Sunday, August 9th, 2015, Review

By Iman Lababedi | August 11, 2015

At Hearst Plaza, it is the Familial that comes closest. The reason it worked better for me here than at City Winery was because the environment was conducive for songs about home and family and nature, -whether or not the songs were specifically happy, they were of a place and a way and time, compassionate and sharing.

Be Here Now: New Album Releases Reviewed 8-7-15 – 8-13-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 7, 2015

The late Russian poet Anna Akhmatova’s words are translated, put to music, and then made to rhyme, leaving you twice removed from the originals. Though with an adopted Russian daughter, Dement has more reason than most to change though respecting Anna’s words -she could hardly do a crib sheet. Which she does, on an album that while a relative disappointment, and slow, thoughtful, and did I mention slow?, has enough songs with the brilliance of a “Broad Gold” and “Listening Is Singing”, to make it more than rewarding enough. Or would you rather listen to Luke Bryan? – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

Ten Modern Country Songs

By Iman Lababedi | November 17, 2014

Yeah Kelly is from the 80s (91 so not exactly…), and I wanted to put Dolly’s “In The Meantime” but he is already a Dolly fan, plus no Miranda (except with Pistol Annies) because I already recommended Platinum. Lyn Bowtell is a family member so i didn’t include her… (ps: if I felt like it I could just make em all Dement)

Iris DeMent, Kessler Theater, Saturday, February 15th, 2014, Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | February 17, 2014

There is a timeless element to DeMent, given her universal themes and the bedrock simplicity of her musical accompaniment. Beyond those aspects, it is her bravery – her emotional honesty and intelligence and passion – that makes DeMent a major artist. She is genuine and moving and a truly gifted songwriter.

Best of… 2012????

By Iman Lababedi | January 3, 2014

New Year’s Eve At The Gates Of Hell – Ray Wylie Hubbard – Back in the day, young Steve Crawford bonded over this instantaneous classic as Ray wonders what he did to deserve this before noting that God outsources to the devil -Amen, I say – A

Best Concerts Through September 30th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2013

This is the sort of meeting of a subculture defined by so many failed attempts to reunite in a moment and also extened the moment into the present. The moment was the Lower east Side in the late 1970s, and the extension was musical and triumphant.