Tift Merritt plans tour
Friday, January 18, 2008
– Tift Merritt will hit the road this spring in support of her upcoming release "Another Country," out Feb. 26.
Tour dates are:
Mon Mar 17 Philadelphia Johnny Brenda's
Tue Mar 18 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
Wed Mar 19 New York City Mercury Lounge
Fri Mar 21 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
Sat Mar 22 Durham, NC Carolina Theater
Fri Mar 28 New Orleans Parish/HOB
Sat Mar 29 Pittsburgh Club Cafe
Sun Mar 30 Ashland, KY Mtn Stage/Paramount Th.
Tue Apr 1 Toronto El Mocambo
Wed Apr 2 Ann Arbor, MI Ark
Fri Apr 4 Chicago Schubas
Sat Apr 5 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Sun Apr 6 Minneapolis Cedar Cultural Ctr
Tue Apr 8 Denver Bluebird Theater
Fri Apr 11 Vancouver Plaza
Sat Apr 12 Portland Doug Fir Lounge
Sun Apr 13 Seattle Tractor Tavern
Tue Apr 15 San Francisco Great Am. Music Hall
Thu Apr 17 Los Angeles Troubador
Fri Apr 18 San Diego Anthology
Sat Apr 19 Tucson Plush
Mon Apr 21 Austin Parish
Tue Apr 22 Dallas Cambridge Room
Thu Apr 24 Atlanta Five Spot
Fri Apr 26 Wilkesoro, NC Merlefest
After two records and a Grammy nomination, Merritt took hiatus with a piano in Paris and wrote songs.
Merritt's debut, "Bramble Rose," had been well received. "Tambourine," her sophomore album, was Grammy nominated for Country Album of the Year.
"Another Country" was written by Merritt, produced by George Drakoulias, and recorded by David Bianco. The players include guitarists Charlie Sexton and Doug Pettibone and Merritt's longtime band, Zeke Hutchins (drums), Jay Brown (bass) and Danny Eisenberg (keyboards).
Merritt will also host her very own public radio program this year. A program of artist-to-artist radio interviews entitled "The Spark" will debut on Marfa, Texas Public Radio on Jan. 27. Merritt's first guest is Nick Hornby.
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Stitch of the World
Tift Merritt's gets off to a rip-roaring start by opening "Stitch of the World" with a song called "Dusty Old Man." If you can imagine it, the song sounds like Emmylou Harris fronting John Mellencamp's "Uh-huh" band from 1983. The album gets a little softer after this, although it's no less passionate throughout. Merritt may sing like a gentle soul, but she's the dedicated, persistent sort.
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See You on the Moon
With each successive album, Tift Merritt has revealed more of her nuanced songwriting presence and considerable musical skills. On Merritt's almost universally acclaimed debut, 2002's "Bramble Rose," she introduced herself with songs that played to her folk/alt.country singer/songwriter strengths, while her sophomore album, 2004's "Tambourine," found her folding in more rock and soul influences, and with 2008's "Another Country," Merritt showed her »»»
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