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Editors’ Notes

Tift Merritt is one of those especially talented young singer-songwriters who in another era would’ve been a natural superstar. Her vocal talents are immense. Her ability to convey emotion with the least amount of hyperbole makes each song sound like an intimate affair. Sure, a cover of Kenny Loggins’ “Danny’s Song”, popularized by both Loggins and Messina and Anne Murray in the ‘70s, is an easy way to draw attention — and the Emitt Rhodes cover of “Live Till You Die” shows her discerning taste — but nothing beats the simple heartbreak in the melody and the delivery of “The Things That Everybody Does”. “Six More Days of Rain” continues the forlorn gallop. Producer Tucker Martine keeps things simple and dry, knowing full well that a well-placed piano and a gentle pedal steel guitar assist from Greg Leisz is all Merritt needs to make the air change around her. Jim James of My Morning Jacket throws in a vocal on “Feel of the World” and horns, strings and keyboards occasionally layer the sound. But, really, all you need is Tift singing from her heart and you’re hooked.

Customer Reviews

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Tift Merritt is a pocket of authenticity in a simulated world: the Tom Petty of women. If this album lacks the visceral Mike Campbell guitar work of her breakthrough ("Tambourine"), it benefits from a real sense that this is her band, this is her sound, and this is what she heard in her mind when she was writing the songs.

Recorded onto 2-inch tape with her road band, this record feels spontaneous, intimate and personal and at the same time universal and timeless. Put it on as background music and you might be forgiven for thinking it's just some of that nice singer-songwriter stuff; but give it the closer listen it deserves and it'll grab you in your guts and twist until you cry.

Rev Green 1971

Saw Merritt play Birmingham Town Hall this week supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter. For me Merritt stole the show. This album really demonstrates strong writing and fantastic vocals. One I am now going to enjoy going back through the discography. Enjoy!


Born: 08 January 1975 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Tift Merritt seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the spring of 2002 with her acclaimed debut album Bramble Rose, but as is often the case, this triple-threat artist — a gifted singer, superb songwriter, and skillful guitarist — actually has plenty of experience under her belt. Born in Houston, Texas, in 1975, Merritt's family moved to North Carolina when she was young and she's lived there ever since. Merritt first developed an interest in music when she was a child...
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