Singer/songwriter Iris DeMent has released the track “The Sacred Now” from her upcoming album Workin’ On A World which arrives on February 24, 2023. Written with Pieta Brown, “The Sacred Now” shares that “we are all in this life together, no matter what divides us”. In addition, DeMent has released a remixed version of her 2020 song “How Long” as well.
DeMent notes about “The Sacred Now”:
Every day in 2020, some new trauma was being added to the old ones that kept repeating themselves, and like everybody else, I was just trying to bear up under it all. Songs, ever since I was a child, have been lending me a hand. Writing songs, singing songs, putting them on records, has been a way for me to extend that hand to others. One day, in the middle of the mayhem, I got the idea to send a melody and a title for a song I’d been working on to my friend, and fellow songwriter, Pieta Brown. Within a few hours, she’d sent me a handful of verses she’d come up with; I sent her a handful back. We looked over all our verses and noticed that two of hers and two of mine went good together. Abracadabra! ‘The Sacred Now’.
DeMent will take Workin’ On A World on the road when she begins a US tour on February 17th, 2023 in Notre Dame, IN. For one special evening, DeMent will support The Avett Brothers at their show in Vienna, VA.
DeMent has earned numerous Grammy nominations and awards, along with the respect of peers/collaborators John Prine, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and others.
Iris DeMent U.S. Tour Dates
Feb 17 – Notre Dame, IN – DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
March 9 – Lafayette, LA – Acadania Center for the Arts*
March 10 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater*
March 11 – Austin, TX – The 04 Center*
March 12 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler*
Mar 23 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads#
Mar 24 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge#
Apr 15 – Elkton, FL – Gamble Rogers Folk Festival
Apr 27 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage*
April 28 – Grass Valley, CA – Center for the Arts*
May 12 – Green Lake, WI – Thrasher Opera House#
May 13 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House#
May 14 – Eau Claire, WI – Jamf Theatre#
May 27 – Vienna, VA – The Filene Center~
*with special guest Pieta Brown
#with special guest Ana Egge
~supporting The Avett Brothers