Iris DeMent arrived on the scene in 1992 with “Infamous Angel,” a brilliant collection of original songs that drew critical raves and earned her a legion of loyal fans. The youngest of 14 children, DeMent was raised in an Arkansas Pentecostal faith community, which has remained a vital force in her music. Her voice, a passionate reservoir of emotional intimacy, gives life to such inner feelings as “Mama’s Opry” and “My Life,” as well as the tongue-in-cheek humor of “In Spite of Ourselves,” her fan-favorite duet with John Prine.
For her latest and sixth CD, “The Trackless Woods,” DeMent set to music the poetry of Russian bard, Anna Akhmatova. Friday night, Dement brings her songs to Durham’s Carolina Theatre. Get the details at carolinatheatre.org.
- Former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman-turned-country crooner, Darius Rucker, plays Walnut Creek in Raleigh Friday night. Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses will also perform.
- Also Friday, the Bluegrass Experience, earning fans and critical raves for more than 40 years, returns to Bynum General Store in Bynum.
- Raul Malo and his reconstituted country band, the Mavericks, will sing their hits and other offerings at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh on Saturday.