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Pittsburg Post Gazette, Aug. 19, 1997 – Jimmie Rodgers Tribute

  August 19, 1997 TRIBUTE HONORS RODGERS’ DEEP INFLUENCE by Tony Norman “The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute.” Various Artists (Egyptian Records) ***1/2 stars Most music fans don’t need a tribute album to point them in Jimmie Rodgers’ direction. The hard-playing, hard-yodelling “Father of Country Music” is revered wherever folks can gather enough soul to play music on back porches by the light of the moon. Long nicknamed “The Singing Brakeman,” Rodgers managed to record seven years’ worth of…

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Houston Chronicle, August 17, 1997 – Jimmie Rodgers Tribute

  August 17, 1997 Musicians honor a father **** by Rick Mitchell JIMMIE Rodgers, the first “Father of Country Music,” would have been 100 years old on Sept. 8. This tribute, due Tuesday on Bob Dylan’s new Egyptian Records, celebrates Rodgers’ enormous influence on 20th-century American music from country to folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Rodgers, who was born in Mississippi and spent his last years in Kerrville, was best-known for his “blue yodels.” These featured sly and bawdy…

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Boston Herald, August 15, 1997 – Jimmie Rodgers Tribute

  August 15, 1997 Putting on the Brakeman Bob Dylan’s Egyptian label debuts with tribute to forgotten ‘Father of Country Music’ by Larry Katz The first release on Bob Dylan’s new Egyptian Records label, a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers featuring Bono, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Mellencamp, Jerry Garcia’s last recording and Dylan himself, arrives Tuesday. It’s sure to raise one big question: Who the hell is Jimmie Rodgers? Let’s start by noting that the Jimmie Rodgers…

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LA Times, Aug. 10, 1997 Jimmie Rodgers Tribute story

    August 10, 1997 Singing the Brakeman’s Praises Jimmie Rodgers, the neglected giant who brought country music into the pop mainstream, is saluted by an eclectic lineup of his ’90s heirs on a tribute album conceived by Bob Dylan. by Richard Cromelin Two notable things happened on Oct. 7, 1927: Babe Ruth hit a World Series home run and Jimmie Rodgers’ first record went on sale. Even though Ruth was at the pinnacle of his fame and Rodgers was…

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Herald – Bluegrass, country artist to perform at State Theatre

Bluegrass, country artist to perform at State Theatre Al Kaufman Contributing Writer The State Theatre will present an evening of bluegrass music Thursday night. Iris DeMent will join Leo Kottke for a musical evening. Dement said of all the things she has been called, she does not like to be called wholesome. “People use ‘wholesome’ or ‘old-fashioned’ to describe me all the time and I don’t understand it,” she said. “I keep thinking they mean boring, but I guess they…

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Feature: Iris DeMent

Feature: Iris DeMent @Country February 1997 by Craig Harris Acoustic folk and country music are merged through the songs of Iris DeMent. In the past, critics have compared the petite, blonde songstress to The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Loretta Lynn. With her third album, The Way I Should, DeMent adds electric instruments and rock and pop influences to create a more modern sound. A factor in DeMent’s evolution has been her growing interest in the music of Merle Haggard,…

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Austin City Limits Shows

   Artists A-Z: Iris DeMent Premiere Date, Program Number Women In Song” A Best of “Austin City Limits” Special   1996 2105 Guitar Pull with Merle Haggard and others 1995 2002 Solo Performance *Debut               

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Music Reviews: Iris DeMent, October 9, 1996

Music Reviews: Iris DeMent, October 9, 1996 Iris DeMent: The Way I Should Warner Bros.  File Under: Singer-songwriter goes country pop Iris DeMent’s startlingly simple debut, Infamous Angel, recalled the California-transplant alienation of Merle Haggard’s early work; its stark acoustic arrangement gave it a neo-folk sound. On her third recording, The Way I Should, the Arkansas-born, California-raised singer-songwriter has decided to reach out to contemporary country radio. This presents problems. DeMent’s songwriting is too old-fashioned–and often too personal and politically…

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Country Standard Time: Iris Dement Interview

DeMent spells out what matters most By Roy Kasten “What matters to me are the songs,” Iris DeMent explained in quiet conviction, during an interview one October Saturday from her home in Gladstone, Kansas. Iris DeMent is entering her sixth year of recording, but she speaks with a gentle wisdom beyond experience. Her career has moved steadily upward, ever since John Prine first heard her songs and encouraged her to quit work at K-Mart and record “Infamous Angel” for Rounder…

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Austin City Limits – Show 2105

  Program Information: Pam Tillis followed by a Guitar Pull with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Iris DeMent and Freddie Powers Program 2105 PBS Premiere Date: 1996 Repeat Date: Please see TV Schedule. PBS Stations may carry this program at dates other than the national dates provided here. Please check your local listings for exact date and time in your area. Song List Record Dates Description Austin City Limits presented country music’s twice-acclaimed Female Vocalist of the year, Pam Tillis during…

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