Ana Egge & Iris DeMent



BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity (130 Pine St., Northampton, MA 01062, Northampton MA)

Iris DeMent plus Ana Egge Saturday, June 10th Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity 130 Pine Street, Florence MA 01062 7PM (Doors 6PM) Songs like the ones Iris DeMent writes don’t come in a flash, but are a slow dawn, big enough to light the whole world. With an inimitable voice as John Prine described, “like you’ve heard, but not really,” and unforgettable melodies rooted in hymns, gospel, and old country music, Iris DeMent is simply one of the finest singer-songwriters in America as well as one of our fiercest advocates for human rights. Her new album Workin’ on a World is an album of love letters to the promise of a better future and to historical heroes like John Lewis, Jesus Christ, and Mahalia Jackson. DeMent’s legacy of engaging directly with a troubled era earned her the Americana Music Association’s Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Her 1992 debut Infamous Angel was recently named one of Rolling Stone’s greatest country albums of all time. -- Ana Egge burst onto the music scene with her debut album, 1997’s River Under the Road, which All Music noted “signals the arrival of a unique songwriting perspective and moving new voice.” She was named “Best Singer Songwriter” and “Best Folk Artist” the following year at the Austin Music Awards. Since then, Egge has consistently garnered critical praise for her music, and has worked with producers Steve Earle, Joel Plaskett, Alec Spiegelman, and Stewart Lerman and recorded with Billy Strings, Anais Mitchell and Iris DeMent. Her songs have been licensed for TV shows on MTV and Showtime and recorded by other influential roots musicians like Dave Alvin, Laurie Lewis and Slaid Cleaves. No Depression hailed her 2017 release, White Tiger, as “nothing less than a balm for the soul” and Folk Alley proclaimed that 2019’s Is It the Kiss brought “great, honest songs to the collective consciousness.”