This is Tift Merritt live at WFMU on the Shrunken Planets programme originally broadcast on May 26th 2012. The engineer for this session was Stu Rutherford and the performance was recorded May 12th 2012. One point of interest was the song After Today, Tift hadn't planned on playing the song for this session, but added it on the spur of the moment.
Tift Merritt began her professional career with her band The Carbines playing small clubs in Chapel Hill and Raleigh such as The Cave, Cat's Cradle, and the front porch of the General Store in Bynum, NC. In 1998, The Carbines released a 7-inch single "Jukejoint Girl" b/w "Cowboy". In 1999, Merritt made a guest appearance on a seven-song EP on the by Yep Roc label with the Two Dollar Pistols, led by John Howie, Jr. The record was called The Two Dollar Pistols with Tift Merritt. The EP featured two original tunes and five cover songs. In 2000, she won MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, found a manager, and signed a contract with Lost Highway Records.
In 2002, Merritt released her debut album, Bramble Rose, containing eleven original songs recorded with her long-time band and produced by Ethan Johns. The record landed on the top ten lists for both Time and the The New Yorker, and was called the best debut of the year in any genre by the Associated Press. A song from the album, "Trouble Over Me", was featured in writer Nick Hornby's 31 Songs. While touring to promote Bramble Rose, Merritt opened for fellow North Carolinian Ryan Adams, who had helped her secure her first management and record contracts.
Her new album Travelling Alone in due for release shortly on October 2nd, 2012.
Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@256kbps.
Genre: Country, Folk.
Set: Full session.
1. Sweet Spot
2. Feel of the World
3. All the Reasons We Don't Have to Fight
4. Travelling Alone
5. Small Talk Relations
6. After Today
Web: Official HERE.
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