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Country Perfectionist Iris DeMent Stops By Infinity Music Hall on May 12
Sixteen calendar years don't always add up to 16 years in real life. For Iris DeMent, the Iowa City-based country/folk singer-songwriter who issued her third album of originals in 1996 with The Way I Should and then her fourth last October with Sing the Delta, that span could feel much more overwhelming. “Some days, it felt like a century,” the 52-year-old says, laughing genially in response to a question about the gap. “I mean, I got on with my life. It's not like I was sitting around thinking of when are the songs going to come along every minute of the day. I lived and then I let the music come out of that, which is really what I've always done.” Some of her activities in the interim included having a daughter, performing prolifically and recording a gospel cover album with 2004's Lifeline. Sixteen years is a long period between records for someone who speaks about music in such high esteem as DeMent, but the figure also clicks with her perfectionist sensibility and how seriously and soberly she takes songwriting.
By Reyan Ali
May 7, 2013