Photo by Pieta Brown


Iris Dement

Dec. 10
8 p.m.
Americana, Folk, Gospel, Singer-Songwriter

Etched in sepia tones that appear to predate the Carter Family, yet glistening with contemporary insight, Iris DeMent’s gentle but vibrant drawl seems both as fragile as an alpine flower and tough enough to withstand the harshest conditions. DeMent hasn’t been especially prolific, but the five albums she’s released since her outright brilliant 1992 debut, Infamous Angel, have been gems, including the last, 2015’s The Trackless Woods, based on the poetry of Russian Anna Akhmatova. Lately she’s been inciting action with a new resistance anthem, “We Won’t Keep Quiet.” “It’s a revolution in defense of the Constitution / What we’re fighting for is our democracy,” she sings in a bit filmed at last winter’s protests. And that’s her singing backup on husband Greg Brown’s “Trump Can’t Have That.”