1. As Iris DeMent recently told an interviewer, “There’s a lot that goes into life besides songwriting.” And she’s taken her time in composing songs that fit into no genre easily.

    The central tension in DeMent’s music is her relationship with her faith. The youngest of 14 children, raised in a Pentecostal church and singing in the choir as a child, DeMent took her faith seriously enough as an adolescent and as an adult to question it — a subject addressed in a new song called “The Night I Learned How Not to Pray.”

    - Ken Tucker reviews Iris DeMent’s new album, Sing the Delta

  2. Iris DeMent

    Fresh Air

    Ken Tucker