Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Redhead of the Week Has a Zeke

Tift Merritt, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, released two studio albums on the Lost Highway label, Bramble Rose (2002) and Tambourine (2004), and in 2005, released Home Is Loud, a limited-edition live album recorded with her faithful touring band. Her third studio album, Another Country, was scheduled for release in 2008, but we don't see it on her website.

(It's there -- we missed it. Another Country, out Feb. 2008).

Tift quickly garnered high critical acclaim from Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and CNN. Her first two records landed on The New Yorker’s Top Ten List. Tift’s TV appearances include Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. Tambourine was Grammy-nominated for Best Country Album, and the Americana Music Association nominated Tift for 2004 Album, Artist and Song of the Year. She and her band traveled 40,000 miles in 11 countries to support Tambourine.

Tift Merritt was born on 8 January 1975 in Houston. When she was two her family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Tift grew up. Her father taught her “the only chords you need to know,” and his Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton records were part of her childhood. After high school she waited tables, gigged around North Carolina, went to New York City, and at her mother’s urging came back to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in college she met Zeke Hutchins, who encouraged her to start a band and has been her drummer ever since.

With help from her friend and fellow North Carolina musician Ryan Adams, she got her first management deal and record contract, and her debut album Bramble Rose was released by Lost Highway on 4 June 2002.

Tift Merritt’s music, a stew of rock and roll, soul, and country, makes record stores scratch their heads and audiences dance in the aisles.

For the time being, Tift lives in New York City.

Thanks to Tift and her website.


filberthockey said...

Another Country was released on the Fantasy record label (a division of Concord) on February 26, 2008. It is prominently featured on tiftmerritt.com (both in a navigational link on the top of the site, if you can see it) and in the "store." She's recorded yet another album during a European tour last year, "Buckingham Solo," which is currently available for Pre-Order via the web-site store.

Austin Carr said...

Thanks, Mr. Fil. You're right, I'm wrong. There it was!