DeMent, Iris


  • Born in Paragould, Arkansas. Grew up in Southern California. Lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Youngest of 14 children.
  • Her family was deeply religious. Her older sisters had a gospel group called “The DeMent Sisters.”
  • Her father was a fiddler.
  • Didn’t begin playing guitar, writing songs and performing until age 25 (while in Kansas).
  • 2001, acted and sang in the movie “Songcatcher.”
  • 2001, appeared on Ralph Stanley’s “Clinch Mountain Sweethearts” album.
  • 2002, appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III” album.