Tift Merritt ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Tift Merritt

PHOTOS

With a voice that “is a magical combination of cool reserve and effortless warmth” (Entertainment Weekly), Tift Merritt pulls together country, blues and soul to pen tunes that “sound as if they came right out of the Stax Records catalog” (NY Daily News).

The North Carolina songwriter has been a fan and critic favorite since her debut release, Bramble Rose, in 2002. The New Yorker named the CD one of the best of the year and the Associated Press said, “There isn’t going to be a better debut album this year … in any genre.”

Her follow up, Tambourine, is no sophomore slump. It has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Country Album category and the critics are raving. People wrote “With her clear, controlled voice and zestful, sensual delivery, Tift Merritt deserves to move from the fringes of stardom onto the A list of country-rockers thanks to this joy of an album.”

When working on Tambourine, Merritt wanted to create a kind of rock-soul throw down with honest songs and intense music. So for this CD, her songs combine a therapeutic honesty with energetic roots rock and soul.

“I think music is about the pursuit of joy, even the sad songs,” Merritt said. “It feels really great to get those feelings out, and I wanted this record to reflect that celebration.”

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