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 CafĂ©, 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.

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