Iris Dement was born in Arkansas in a dinky town not too far from Little Rock. At age 3 or 4 her family moved to Long Beach, California where she grew up. She decided to become a singer and song writer and had a tough a time making it in a brutal business despite possessing what I consider a huge talent and a unique voice.
She finally broke through with this hit, Our Town. Here is a video of her. Listen to the voice. It’s all Arkansas without a touch of Long Beach in it. In fact, it’s proof positive that you can take the girl out of Arkansas but you can’t take Arkansas out of the girl.
If you’ve never heard (nor heard of) Iris Dement, you’re in for a treat.