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"Iris Dement makes music that celebrates humanity’s efforts toward salvation, while acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don’t feel so redeemed." ~ NPR
You can’t mistake her voice. Only Iris DeMent sounds like Iris DeMent. Once you listen to a few of her songs, you feel like you know her. She’s serious, but she has a playful sense of humor – and she is absolutely committed to telling the truth. No affectation, no sugar-coating, just life as she sees it and feels it – and she feels it more than most. Merle Haggard has called her “the best singer I ever heard.”
In 2019, Ana Egge released Is It the Kiss, her eleventh album, a new batch of originals of such singularly articulate and affecting honesty and sensitivity, as to once again deserve USA Today’s accolade, “[Ana] can write and sing rings around” her contemporaries.
Ana Egge grew up with parents who “dropped out,” choosing to raise four girls in a lovingly cobbled together combination of a small farmhouse on the North Dakota plains, a bus on the California Coast, and a hot springs commune in rural New Mexico, scraping together dimes and hand-me-downs. Ana learned that her life was truly hers to create. “We were always the outsiders,” she says. “I was taught how to shoot a gun and how to enjoy alfalfa sprouts and tofu. I ran around barefoot and learned to ride a motorcycle when I was five. I grew up with all the time and space in the world.”