Tift Merritt

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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American singer-songwriter, musician and North Carolina native Tift Merritt has built a critically acclaimed body of work of sonic short stories and performances that move fluidly among Americana, country, pop, and folk genres.

The New Yorker has called Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry,” a standard that got underway with Bramble Rose, the 2002 solo debut that put her on the Americana map forever. Her sophomore album, Tambourine, earned a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Country Album as well as three nominations at the Americana Music Awards including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Good-Hearted Man.” Followed by Another Country, which also got her a nomination for Song of the Year at the Americana Music Awards for “Broken,” and See You on the Moon, Merritt found acclaim coming not just from critics and awards orgs but her own heroes, like Emmylou Harris, who marveled that Merritt “stood out like a diamond in a coal patch.” 

For her recent album, Traveling Alone, Merritt knew—and got—exactly the journeymen she wanted.  She will appear at Blue Rock fresh from a European tour featuring the new project. She engages in dialogue with fellow artists of all disciplines on her public radio broadcast and podcast “The Spark With Tift Merritt,” bringing in fellow sojourners ranging from Patty Griffin and Rosanne Cash to Rick Moody and Nick Hornby, who devoted a chapter to Merritt in his 31 Songs book.

She has been featured on Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Call with Carson Daly, and the Late Show with David Letterman.

more artist info: http://www.tiftmerritt.com

“… Traveling Alone…not only shows her true lyrical and vocal range, but suggests an adventurous
spirit beneath the placid surface…”  PASTE

“…[Traveling Alone] could not be more timeless…it has just the right proportion of kick-ass songs
to whispered meditations…”  The Huffington Post

“Her Southern moxie, angel voice and wistful, emotionally precise lyrics make you feel every line she sings.”  SOUTHERN LIVING

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