Iris DeMent @ Clifton Center

Thursday, Feb. 7

Clifton Center
2117 Payne St.
$25-$28; 7:30 p.m.

She released three albums of jaw-dropping folk/country revival music between 1992 and 1996, winning fans like Merle Haggard, John Prine and Emmylou Harris from word one … and then she became the Axl Rose of Americana. Though Iris DeMent continued a regular tour schedule, testing her fans’ patience as she continued singing the same songs year after year, no new material developed. A 2004 album of gospel tunes included one new song but was hardly enough. Finally, last October, DeMent released her fourth proper studio album. Sing the Delta proved worth the wait, a gorgeous reflection on family, religion and home; she’s simultaneously a true artist, writing uniquely personal songs that don’t invite listeners in too easily, and a highly relatable down-home maker inviting you to join her on the porch for a spell. —Peter Berkowitz

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