Iris DeMent

I’ve mentioned before that Iris DeMent is one of my favorite artists.  Here’s a mention of her in The Memphis Flyer:

10 A-List Concerts


As a music fan, I’ve long cherished records more than live shows, but through two stints in Memphis I’ve seen lots of memorable concerts. Here, in chronological order, are the 10 I remember best:


4 Iris Dement at Hi-Tone Café, 1998: Back home after college and freelancing for the Flyer, I previewed this show, and it’s still one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done. I’d seen Dement in Minneapolis the year before at a 1,000-seat theatre. Here at a tiny club, the building was full, with a line outside the door three hours before showtime. Dement came on around 9:30, opened her mouth and broke hearts around the room. Elvis Costello’s Hi-Tone shows got lots of attention. This was about 100 times better.


The radio was on at a location I worked today.  One song was Desperado.

You’re losing all your highs and lows,
Ain’t it funny how the feeling goes away.

I used to be that way.  Now I’d like to get back to it…. just being middle…. no highs or lows.

You better let somebody love you, before it’s too late.

I think it’s already too late.

Found a music blog that had a lot of music for download on it… and sounded like things I like.  So, I’m trying out some new musicians I’ve never heard of.  One is Silvie Lewis.  I like Glenna Bell’s song Face This World, too.  I’ll have to try another couple of songs of hers to see what I think.

I think Pritty is sick.  If she doesn’t perk up, I’m going to have to take her to the vet.