Merritt announces new disc for '17
Thursday, November 3, 2016
– Tift Merritt announced today she would release "Stitch of the World" on Jan. 27 on Yep Roc Records.
"Love Soldiers On," the second song from the album, was released as well.
"Dusty Old Man," the album's first single, recently premiered via Rolling Stone Country. Guitarist Marc Ribot, pedal-steel player Eric Heywood, drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Jennifer Condos plays on the disc.
"Stitch of the World," Merritt's sixth studio album, was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt's California cabin and in New York City. Merritt worked on the songs with friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping in to him in an airport. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, N.C.
The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory and MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger.
Merritt's tour this fall will include select dates on Andrew Bird's Hiss Golden Messenger's tour as both a special guest, and playing as a member of front man MC Taylor's band, Hiss Golden Messenger.
Raised in North Carolina, Merritt has released five full-length albums and two live records, including a recent reissue of her debut album "Bramble Rose" earlier this year.
Tour dates are:
Nov. 5 Minneapolis, MN Turf Club*
Nov. 6 Chicago, IL Old Town School*
Nov. 15 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Nov. 18 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle ##
Dec. 4 Charleston, WV Mountain Stage - Culture Center Theater
Jan. 20- 21 Raleigh, NC Playmaker's Theater
Feb. 22 Baton Rouge, LA Red Dragon Listening Room
Feb. 23 Houston, TX Dosey Doe
Feb. 24 Austin, TX 3Ten
Feb. 25 Dallas, TX Three Links
Feb. 27 Oklahoma City, OK The Blue Door
March 1 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
March 3 Louisville, KY KCD Theater
March 4 Nashville, TN City Winery
March 5 Atlanta, GA City Winery
March 28 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
March 29 Philadelphia World Café Live
March 31 New York, NY City Winery
April 1 Albany, NY Linda Theater
April 2 Cambridge, MA Club Passim
April 5 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
April 6 Evanston, IL SPACE
April 7 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
April 8 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Club
* as Special Guest and with Hiss Golden Messenger band
# with Hiss Golden Messenger band
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