If you've read my journal long, you know I'm a big fan of Iris Dement; and perhaps you'll remember the fiasco last fall: You know, the one where I begged Cliff to take me to Iowa City, Iowa, to see Iris perform live. And the performance was canceled at the last minute. I wasn't so much angry that she canceled, because I understand that anyone can get sick at any time. The disappointing part was that she didn't cancel until an hour before showtime.
So, after wasting all that time and money on a trip to Iowa, Cliff wouldn't take me to see Iris today if she was performing at her own house in Kansas City (only 40 miles away).
Now I see she is canceling performances again. Remember when George Jones did this and was given the nickname, "No-show Jones"?
However, I've known performers to go through mid-life crises and mental challenges that caused cancellations. So, honestly, I'm just wishing the best for Iris, whatever her problem might be.
And hoping someday I can see her perform live. I won't dare hope that I might see her with John Prine just once.
At least I have the DVD, "Sessions at West 54th Street".