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Iris DeMent – Workin’ On A World

New album Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent

New Album ‘Workin’ On A World’

Out February 24 2023

On February 24, 2023 Iris DeMent will reveal her contemplation of our world’s external and internal issues with her seventh album, Workin’ On A World.

During the course of her celebrated career, the pioneering artist has continued to evolve as she thoughtfully touches on the critical moments in our lives.

DeMent sets the stage for the album with the title track in which she moves from a sense of despair towards a place of promise – “Now I’m workin’ on a world I may never see / Joinin’ forces with the warriors of love / Who came before and will follow you and me.” “Goin’ Down To Sing in Texas” is an ode not only to gun control, but also to those who speak out against tyranny and endure the consequences in an unjust world.

Stalled partway through by the pandemic, the record took six years to make with the help of three friends and co-producers – Richard Bennett, Pieta Brown and Jim Rooney. It was Brown who gave the record its final push.

“Pieta asked me what had come of the recordings I’d done with Jim and Richard in 2019 and 2020. I told her I’d pretty much given up on trying to make a record. She asked would I mind if she had a listen. So, I had everything we’d done sent over to her, and not long after that I got a text, bouncing with exclamation marks: ‘You have a record and it’s called Workin’ On A World!’”

Iris DeMent

With Bennett back in the studio with them, Brown and DeMent recorded several more songs and put the final touches on the record in Nashville in April of 2022.

Read our review of Iris’s 2015 release ‘The Trackless Woods

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  1. Iris DeMent, what a treasure!

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    • yes! and it’s been a while since her last one too.

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