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Tift Merritt

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Tift Merritt (born January 8, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Houston, Texas, Merritt moved to North Carolina at a young age.

Merritt began her career playing small clubs in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. In 1999, she released a 7-song EP with the Two Dollar Pistols, led by John Howie, Jr. The EP was very much a country music compilation as it featured two original songs and five covers, including Charley Pride's I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again.

In 2002, Merritt released her debut album Bramble Rose to wide critical acclaim, including selection by Time as one of the top-10 CDs of the year. The Times called it "the best release by a new artist, in any genre." While this first release was a country affair, her follow-up release, 2005's Tambourine, took her in more of a rock/soul direction. The album was produced by famed roots rock producer George Drakoulias and featured backing by Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell (of the Heartbreakers) and Don Heffington (of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band and Lone Justice). Tambourine was honored with a 2004 Country Album of the Year Grammy nomination. In 2005, Merritt and Tambourine were also nominated for three Americana Music Awards by the Americana Music Association: Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year for Good Hearted Man.

In 2005, Merritt released a live album called Home Is Loud, which was recorded on June 4, 2005, in North Carolina.

In 2006, Merritt appeared on Austin City Limits, the live music program on PBS. Originally aired on January 21, the show featured five songs recorded live in Austin, Texas, on October 20, 2005. Merritt has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Tift Merritt signed a new record contract with Fantasy Recordson 6/25/07 and is currently recording her third full-length studio album, tentatively titled Another Country, in L.A. with George Drakoulias producing and an expected release in early 2008. An artist-to-artist radio interview program written and hosted by Merritt called The Spark With Tift Merritt is slated for a fall 2007 debut.



 


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