Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Iris DeMent/Pieta Brown

When: Fri., Sept. 19, 8 p.m. 2014

Before issuing Sing the Delta in 2012, singer-songwriter Iris Dement, one of alt-country’s best songwriters, must have been suffering from a serious case of writer’s block. Delta was her first album of original tunes in 16 years; her last studio effort, 2004’s Lifeline, was a collection of traditional gospel tunes. So was Sing the Delta worth the wait? Yes and no. The opening track, “Go Ahead and Come Home,” is a ramshackle number with good energy, and “If That Ain’t Love” is like a gorgeous waltz. But Dement too often settles for somber or dreary tunes such as “Before the Colors Fade” and “Out of the Fire.” Expect tonight’s show to be a bit livelier. (Jeff Niesel)

Price: $30 ADV, $35 DOS

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