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Subject: Iris De Ment
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 03:14 PM

Our Town always makes me want to cry, I don't know whether it is Iris's wistful little voice or the sentiments in the song. The other song that I love and struggle to get through is "And the band played Waltzing Matilda" especially the verse containing the lines " The armless the legless the blind the insane", chokes me up every time. Any more of you big strong guys out there wanna fess up??

Jock



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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: catspaw49
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 03:42 PM

Here's a good Iris DeMent site with dates and lyrics and whatnot.....CLICK HERE FOR IRIS

I like a lot of her stuff, a neat voice and the 4 duets she does on John Prine's latest are wonderful......two wacky voices made for each other! "Our Town" is a nice piece of work that gets to me too. They used it as the very last song on "Northern Exposure" and a better choice could not have been made.

For different reasons, I can't get through "Christmas in the Trenches" and "Bob Dylan's Dream" either.............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 04:03 PM

Christmas in the Trenches is one that never fails to mist me up as I'm singing it; the last verse of Guy Clark's "Desperadoes Waitin' for a Train" will usually do it, too. Also, because of particular personal associations, I usually have to take an extended instrumental break during "Old Buddy"


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: kendall
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 04:26 PM

I like her :Infamous Angel" and it's funny, but, I still havn't decided if I like her voice or not. I do know that a long song is more than I can take with that voice.

"We've got a five dollar fine for whinning..""


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Peter T.
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 04:33 PM

"When My Morning Comes Around" is one of my favourites of hers. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Don Firth
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 05:00 PM

Yeah, that last episode of Northern Exposure. Puddle-up time.


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: BobP
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 05:28 PM

Oh my goodness, Iris gets a bit of mudcat attention.

I one suggested her for a festival headliner, albeit unsuccessfully.

I think she's like Neil Young - which means "not everyone's cup of tea" - but I'm just in awe of her ability to put expression behind language.

Call it "method acting singing or method singing" perhaps, but it's what Judy Garland had, which simply stated is "put in lots of effort to understand what your singing about and it'll come through to your audience".

Iris has that ability to pry the words loose from the page and breath life into them.

Get ahold of Tom Russell's "Man From God Knows Where" and hear some great duets. Then listen to what she does solo with the very familiar "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Acres of Corn" which is about a rural wife who knows how limited the horizons of her existence are going to be.

She sings about a bottle of blackberry brandy under the sink and when depressed about the edges of her universe she puts on this old dress and goes out among the rows of corn with a glass of blackberry hope.

If that performance don't pinch your soul, get your oil checked.

Says me, Bob P


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: catspaw49
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 05:47 PM

What do you think of her really Bob?

Spaw (you're spot-on about the emotion behind the lyric)


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Harvey Andrews
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 05:53 PM

Oh God, I've found my tribe!! I've just been playing "Our Town" to a visiting Canadian friend as an example of a song that works on all levels and enthusing about my all time favourite TV show "Northern Exposure" and what do I find when I access Mudcat!! Harvey


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: DonMeixner
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 06:00 PM

Common Kendall, if you can get past Nancy Griffith you can get past Iris DeMent. I have heard no voice as perfect for her songs as her own.

Don


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 06:23 PM

I don't much care for Our Town, but I love Let the Mystery Be.


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: ollaimh
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 07:47 PM

some one told me iris de ment is from courtney british columbis--could this be true?

i like her voice and i think her lyrics are the best thing in new folk right now


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: kendall
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 07:57 PM

Nancy who?


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: catspaw49
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 08:10 PM

Here's some bio stuff to disspell the Canadian myth.......

A native of Paragould, Arkansas, DeMent was born on January 5, 1961 and was the last of 14 children born to Patric and Flora Mae DeMent. Although her family had been farmers for several generations, the family farm had failed and been sold by the time she was born. At the age of three, DeMent and her family relocated to Buena Park, California, a small community about an hour from Los Angeles. "We lived in a housing tract," she said. "We didn't have a city or a section of tall buildings, but it was heavily populated with houses lined up against each other, which was very unlike where my family came from."

However, the rural atmosphere of Arkansas continued to be felt throughout DeMent's childhood. "My mom was in her late 40s and my dad was 56 when we moved to California," she said. "They were pretty much who they were. They were determined to continue being who they were. They worked really hard to keep everything in the home the way it had been before. They took us to churches that were full of a lot of Arkansas and Oklahoma transplants. The minister was from the same town that we were from. I felt like I got a good dose of both worlds. "

Music was a thread that bound all the members of DeMent's family. Her father played country fiddle, while her mother -- who sang lead on the gospel-tinged tune "Higher Ground" on Infamous Angel -- dreamed of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. "There was constant music in the house," DeMent recalled. "Everybody in my family was involved in music in some way."

Back to Bob's point......You can see how she really CAN feel the lyrics to many of her best songs can't you?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 10:15 PM

'Our Town' brings a lump to my throat, as does 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda' - which I sing, & not without losing what limited talent I have, either, due to choking up a bit.

I'm not a great lover of Iris DeMents voice either, though she sings some fantastic stuff & is worth a listen for that alone, with the voice being no actual detriment.

For me the finest rendition of 'Our Town' is by a young English lass called Kate Rusby....to hear her do it you would believe that the 'Town' in the title WAS her home town of Barnsley! Am I right Mr. Andrews, Sir? I also have to ask if you recorded it yourself? That would CERTAINLY be worth hearing! (& I second your opinion on 'Northern Exposure' too)

What say you Ickle Dorrit? Does Kate singing it please you better?

(& i better point out to you 'Colonial' folks that the Hull I & Ickle Dorrit hail from is in England, & not the one in Canada or the 'more than one' in the States! *G*)


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 01:29 PM

Thanks for the thoughts folks, didn't know about the Northern Exposure link, a programme I also liked; apart from the change of doctor. One song from that that I loved was the Native American version of Turkey in the Straw, moving stuff.

Jock


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Jim Krause
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 01:43 PM

I have to add my vote for Christmas in the Trenches, too. I would learn that song, except I can't get through it even listening to it without getting all choked up.

Bill Staines' Phoenix gets to me as well. It's either on his LP Rodeo Rose or Sandstone Cathedrals, I can't remember which right now.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Kim C
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 01:58 PM

I think Iris and Nancy are both great writers, but I have a problem with the squeaky-voice thing...


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Don Meixner
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 03:05 PM

I will say that I think Iris DeMent has a wonderful voice. As wonderful as her insight and skill as a song writer. Her voice wraps around her songs perfectly. Her songs are very visual and she writes as if the songs are movies and she is character just of camera. I can't think of a person who could do her songs equal justice.

Don


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Pinetop Slim
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 04:31 PM

I love that voice, too -- and add "Easy's Getting Harder Every Day" to examples of how well she can cover another writer's song.


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Kim C
Date: 09 Aug 01 - 04:41 PM

Ooooohhh, I appreciate what y'all are saying... but I just can't do it. Maybe for one song. But that's about all I can stand.


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Walking eagle
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 01:38 PM

Iris ( whose voice I love ) did a couple of songs with Jimmy Dale Gilmore. Can anyone direct me to that CD?

She also did a version of Pretty Saro on the Songcatcher soundtrack. Sang verses I never heard. Her version really got me. Funny, I don't have anything of hers. Everytime I hear her I think 'Gol dang! I need to throw away some more of my nonexistant money on her CDs!'


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Hagman
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 08:03 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmXRH6jztOE


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 09:41 AM

You've Done Nothing Wrong, with Jacqui Abbott:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5yyS5zufws

God May Forgive You (But I Won't) cover:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpQNLZRcNA4&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 09:41 AM

Will the Circle Be Unbroken, with Michelle Wright & Mairead Ni Mhaonaight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB1-1zuDGJ0

Pretty Saro in the movie Songcatcher:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ArylRGWME


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 09:42 AM

Are You Tired Of Me Darling, with Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_xrghp_G30&feature=related

We're Not The Jet Set, with John Prine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsyHo8iUsjE


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 09:43 AM

Let's Invite Them Over with John Prine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vws3JhPNYd8

In Spite of Ourselves, with John Prine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5axlwCBXC8


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 10:42 AM

When Two Worlds Collide, with John Prine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YG4gDd9WUI&feature=related

Mama's Opry, with Matraca Berg:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnrYhyC6OAE&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 10:53 AM

Wildwood Flower, with Emmylou Harris:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q-lsgBlUOo&feature=related

Our Town, with Emmylou Harris:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v7dXA-LWVk&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 11:15 AM

He's Not You cover:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3F9v0fwTxU&feature=related

The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home cover:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXzLZvyUwac&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 11:39 AM

from Tom Russell's album The Man From God Knows Where:

Wayfarin' Stranger:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-b_G4ZkBqI&feature=related

The Old Rugged Cross:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVUFHM8ZZJA

She sang in 8 tracks on this album, including solo on Acres of Corn.
I can't find any of the others on YouTube, but it's worth buying the album just for her songs.


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: Arkie
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 11:41 AM

New CD, Sing the Delta been out a couple of weeks. Wonderful based upon the several tracks I have heard. And based on reviews I have read. Would already have a copy if my wife had not insisted I put it on my Christmas list.

Here is a track from that album.

Iris - Go Ahead and Go


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: kendall
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 02:33 PM

Female voices that I like:
Priscilla Herdman
Ann Mayo Muir
Kat Logan
Caroline Paton


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 26 Oct 12 - 09:35 AM

Kilkelly Ireland
I'm hoping to perform but being an Irish Emigrant I can't get through it without choking yet. Other's that 'move' me
Rose Of Tralee
Kevin Barry
Sammy's Bar (Flipping The Whale version, You tube)
Morning Glory (on Iris Dement's new gospel album, Stream The Delta, has anyone got the chords please?)
I've Just Told Moma Goodbye (Hank Wiliams


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 26 Oct 12 - 02:17 PM

Desi, here's what I get for Morning Glory, with chords in upper case and added or single notes in lower case, and with the A and E played up at the fifth and third fret:

A E D g a A b c# b
A b Bm D E a b A b c# b
A7 D g a A b c b
A f# Bm D E a b A b c b

She sings it in B flat, but I wrote it in the key of A to avoid having to use the letter b as both a flat symbol and an individual note.


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Subject: RE: Iris De Ment
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 26 Oct 12 - 06:17 PM

Two more examples of Iris DeMent's singing on Tom Russell's great album "The Man From God Knows Where"

Acres of Corn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvEC3NNFNe0

Love Abides, with Tom Russell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNoh9wnlzgU&feature=plcp


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