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In 1996, after two critically-acclaimed CDs ( "Infamous Angel" and the intensely personal "My Life"), Iris DeMent released "The Way I Should", an album containing "Wasteland of the Free", a blunt indictment of the right-wing political and social agenda that she believes dominates in the US. The five-minute song denounces religious and political hypocrisy and corruption, government and corporate attacks on workers' wages, the great and growing gap between rich and poor, and the imprisonment of tens of thousands of unemployed… read more

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