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Country Standard Time – 04/16/1998

Country Standard Time: Iris DeMent in concert DeMent finds vision in voice and song Side Door Club, St. Louis, April 16 By Roy Kasten St. LOUIS – When Iris DeMent walked on stage at the sold-out Side Door, sporting a burgundy dress and an abalone-glinting Martin, she smiled, plugged in and without further word strummed “Let the Mystery Be,” a statement of personal philosophy and the perfect introduction to her music. “Boy, you’re all sure a surprise,” she said when…

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Crowder Hall, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 3/13/98

Concert Review: Crowder Hall, University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 3/13/98 Submitted by Tom Jackson The concert was fabulous. It exceeded my expectations, which were high. She is truly a transcendent performer. I went with a friend of mine and both of my boys (ages 8 and 11). I can’t say enough about the feeling that she puts into her performance. It actually seems all the more remarkable considering how shy she seems to be. There’s a line from a song…

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City Varieties, Leeds, U.K. February 27, 1998

Concert Review: City Varieties, Leeds, U.K. 2/27/98 Country Music People Magazine (April 1998 issue) written by Al Moir Submitted by Colin Thursby This venue was scheduled to be the third leg of Iris DeMent’s recent UK tour on 5 February, but the singer was forced to cancel due to a chest infection. Disappointed fans were informed that every effort would be made to re-schedule the concert at the end of the tour. All credit to them: they turned out once…

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Mojo Magazine: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, February 1998

  Iris DeMent London, Queen Elizabeth Hall Set List: The Way I Should / These Hills / Sweet is the Melody / You’ve Done Nothing Wrong / This Kind of Happy / I’ll Take My Sorrow Straight / Walkin’ Home / Fifty Miles of Elbow Room / Sweet Forgiveness / Hotter than Mojave in My Heart / Easy’s Gettin’ Harder Every Day / Let the Mystery Be / Letter to Mom / When My Mornin’ Comes Around / Keep Me…

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Los Angeles Times: January 19, 1998

To her staple of love-and-loss songwriting, Iris DeMent has added deeper musings on politics and social hypocrisy. She plays Tuesday in San Juan Capistrano By John Roos, Special to the Times Los Angeles Times Monday January 19, 1998 Orange County Edition Calendar, Page 2 Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent understands the value of good old-fashioned storytelling. With her stirring, slice-of-life tales, she has gained the admiration of peers including Nanci Griffith, David Byrne, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant and Michael Stipe,…

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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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