All Ages, Blues, Folk, & Country

Iris Dement

When: Sun., June 7, 7 p.m. 2009

Iris DeMent amazed the world of folk music with her 1992 debut Infamous Angel. Her unique warbling voice and powerful songwriting struck a deep chord with listeners and earned rave reviews from country, rock, and folk critics. DeMent's blending of folk and old-time country give her a timeless sound, while her deeply emotional lyrics investigate the human condition with piercing honesty. In 2003, she said she'd stop performing until the United States pulled its troops out of Iraq, but Obama's election has softened her stance. DeMent is a compelling performer with a homespun radiance that's instantly endearing. She hasn't played the Bay Area in years, making this is a must-see gig for folkies and lovers of fine songwriting. At Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland) on Sunday, June 7. 7 p.m., $24.

j. poet

Price: $24

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