Marty Duda's artist of the week: Iris DeMent
Americana singer Iris DeMent waited until she was in her 40s before she began her recording careering, with her first album being released in 1992. Dement has one of those timeless voices that seems to sound at once contemporary and ancient. Her songs have the same quality. She was quite the rage during the Americana boon of the 1990s, ending that decade with a handful of memorable duets with John Prine. We haven't heard much from her since then, so the release of her new album, The Trackless Woods is a welcome event for longtime fans. This time around, DeMent attaches her voice a melodies to the words of Russian poet Anna Akmatova. The results are stunning.