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Iris DeMent, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Iris DeMent, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

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Iris DeMent is as credible as folksingers come: The 52-year-old singer-songwriter grew up singing traditional gospel and country music alongside 14 siblings in rural Arkansas. Once endorsed as "the best singer I ever heard" by no greater an authority than Merle Haggard, DeMent seems to emerge from another era entirely.

After a 16-year absence, DeMent recently returned with a gorgeous album called Sing the Delta. Hear her perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Saturday, July 27 in Newport, R.I.

Set List
  • "The Way I Should"
  • "Making My Way Back Home"
  • "The Kingdom Has Already Come"
  • "Livin' On The Inside"
  • "Out Of The Fire"
  • "Walkin' Home"
  • "This Love's Gonna Last"
  • "Easy's Gettin' Harder Every Day"
  • "The Night I Learned How Not To Pray"
  • "Sing The Delta"
  • "How Long?"
  • "Morning Glory"
  • "Go On Ahead And Go Home"
  • "Keep On The Sunnyside (with Spirit Family Reunion)" (The Carter Family cover)
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