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Iris DeMent on World Cafe | October 2, 2012

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Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent was born the youngest child of a large Pentecostal family in rural Arkansas, and later moved to Southern California. DeMent grew up listening to traditional country and gospel music, which influenced her roots-folk sound, though she was 25 when she wrote her first song. It would take another five years for her to release her first album, Infamous Angel.

Since her 1992 debut, DeMent has bloomed as a songwriter, finding her niche in folk and country, putting out four albums and performing with greats such as John Prine, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris. Her latest album, Sing the Delta, was inspired by her time in Arkansas.

In this session, DeMent talks to World Cafe's David Dye and performs cuts from Sing the Delta — including "If That Ain't Love," a song she wrote about her father. The new album is her first in eight years. (Link)


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Hour 1
10,000 Maniacs “What’s the Matter Here” In My Tribe
Divine Fits “Would That Not Be Nice” A Thing Called Divine Fits
The Pretenders “Time the Avenger” Learning to Crawl
((Keane “Sea Fog” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Iris DeMent “Sing the Delta” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Iris DeMent “If That Ain’t Love” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Iris DeMent “Mama Was Always Tellin’ Her Truth” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Iris DeMent “If That Ain’t Love” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Mumford & Sons “Babel” Babel
Mark Knopfler “Why Aye Man” The Ragpicker’s Dream
((Anders Osborne “When Will I See You Again” Black Eyed Galaxy))

Hour 2
Cat Power “Cherokee” Sun
Chuck Prophet “Just to See You Smile” Age of Miracles
Band of Horses “Knock Knock” Mirage Rock
Ben Gibbard “Bigger Love” Former Lives
Elvis Costello “Watch Your Step” Girls Girls Girls
((Tame Impala “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind” Innerspeaker))
Nico “I’ll Keep it With Mine” Chelsea Girl
The Clientele “Bonfires on the Heath” Bonfires on the Heath
Glen Hansard “Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting” Rhythm and Repose
((Radiohead “All I Need” In Rainbows))
Seawolf “Old Friend” Old World Romance
Ryan Adams “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)” Heartbreaker
The Head & The Heart “Lost in My Mind” The Head & The Heart
Greg Brown “Rexroth’s Daughter” Covenant
Beth Orton “Magpie” Sugaring Season
((Fanfarlo “Ghosts” Reservoir))