Take a Sentimental Journey to Iris Dement’s “Our Town”

Iris Dement landed on numerous year-end lists with Sing the Delta. But if you stretch back 20 years earlier, you’ll hear my favorite Dement song, “Our Town.” In this bittersweet ballad, she manages to sound sentimental and matter-of-fact at the same time. Sure, she loves the place, but it’s about to fade into memory, and there’s really nothing anybody can do about it. And that melody is just so pretty. If you’ve never seen it, take a look at Dement’s video, “Our Town.”

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