There's A Whole Lot Of Heaven - Iris DeMent

from the album Sing The Delta (2012)

Iris DeMent is best known for her musical collaborations and for the use of her songs in television and film.  Perhaps her most notable performance is the duet "In Spite Of Ourselves" with John Prine. She has also sung duets with Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris. Her song "Our Town" played in the last scene of the TV series Northern Exposure and - more recently - her song "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" was used in the closing credits of the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit.

There's A Whole Lot Of Heaven is a song I really dig off Sing The Delta, her first album of original material in 16 years.

The song begins with a 16 bar introduction that includes piano and organ.  It has been a long time since I've heard such good rockin' country piano.  The piano track alone makes this song an instant favorite of mine. It gets me boppin' and makes me happy.  The same goes for the organ track.

And, of course, there is Iris DeMent.  Her voice has that natural country vibrato that I usually equate with legendary female country vocalists, like Dolly Parton.  Her performance lets it all hang out. As her voice soars over the music, my spirit soars with her.  It is great to be listening to new music by Iris DeMent again.

Click Here to watch a music video for this song.  Too bad it is lacking the piano and organ.

Click Here to watch a live version of In Spite Of Ourselves with John Prine from Sessions at West 54th.

Click Here to watch the final scene from Northern Exposure.