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Texas-born, North Carolina-bred Tift Merritt plays singer-songwriter based alt-country, aware of its roots but not beholden to the traditions. This solo live album recorded at Buckingham, England’s Radcliffe Center in 2008 is an unvarnished look into the young performer’s repertoire to date. (She has released three studio albums at this point.) Accompanying herself on piano and acoustic guitar, Merritt is powerfully effective in this stripped-down setting. The sparse presentation puts the spotlight firmly on her soaring voice that carries more than a little country-western ache. However, it’s the piano-based tunes (“Another Country,” “Tender Branch,” Still Pretending”) that yield the most revelatory performances. Merritt once joked that all young female singer-songwriters go through a “Joni Mitchell phase” and it’s apparent that her arrangements were inspired in part by Blue-era Mitchell. Merritt leans heavily on her previous album, 2008’s Another Country, drawing six tunes from that album, with a cover of George Harrison’s “I Live For You” and one new song “Do Something Good” to fill things out.

Customer Reviews

Wish I was in Buckingham this night!

Outstanding as always. Tift does a remarkable job of providing a different "listen" with this approach to her songbook. Solo truly gives her voice and lyrics the "upfront" in the mix. Must have. Scott White, Lexington, KY.

what a voice!

Tift's voice resonates with me deeply. And it is so pure and clean on this recording, just beautiful.


Great live album! I love her voice


Born: January 8, 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 and learned...
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