Exposed to country and gospel music as a child, Iris DeMent is a folk singer/songwriter from Arkansas with heavy southern influences. Filled with themes of small town life and religious doubt, her debut album Infamous Angel was released in 1992. Her intimate and introspective songwriting carried through into her Grammy Award-winning follow-up, My Life. Released in 1994, the album solidified her narrative songwriting style and made put DeMent in the sphere of other prominent folk/country artists such as Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris, whom she collaborated with on more than one occasion. She released her fifth studio record titled Sing the Delta, in 2012.
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