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The Empress of the Blues: A Tribute To Bessie Smith

We’re excited to share that The Empress of the Blues: A Tribute To Bessie Smith is out digitally today and includes Tift’s rendition of ‘Sugar in My Bowl’.

Grab your copy via iTunes: http://bit.ly/1xxe5Y7
or Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1mLBpgW

… and listen to USA TODAY‘s ‘What’s Brian Mansfiled listening to’ playlist to hear the track! http://usat.ly/1tdVQ2T

Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory Tour

Touring in Andrew Bird’s Hands of Glory starts up again today in Ann Arbor! Come see us sing Handsome Family songs.

Jul 02 Power Center – Ann Arbor, MI
Jul 04 Toronto Urban Roots Festival – Toronto, Canada
Jul 05 Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, Canada
Jul 06 Montreal International Jazz Festival – Montreal, Canada
Jul 08 Central Park Summer Stage – New York, NY
Jul 10 Dartmouth – Hanover, NH
Jul 11 The Klein – Bridgeport, CT
Jul 12 Summer Music Series – Lowell, MA
July 18 Vancouver Folk Festival – Vancouver, Canada
July 24 Calgary Folk Festival – Calgary, Canada
July 26 Interstellar Rodeo – Edmonton, Candada
August 1 Henry Miller Library – Big Sur, CA
August 2 Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA
August 3 Stern Grove Festival – San Francisco, CA

Full tour dates & info: http://www.andrewbird.net/shows/

Americanafest NYC

Dear Folks,

Summer touring chasing down the heels of spring!
So excited to be a part of Americanafest NYC at Lincoln Center — so many friends and heroes also on the bill. I hope you can come. That show will be a bit of a homecoming party for me as it wraps up a lovely summer touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory band. I love being in his old time band — Eric Heywood and I will be opening a handful of the shows, but mostly I’ll be singing and playing guitar and doing my best June Carter. See you around this summer.

Warmest, Tift

Info: http://lcoutofdoors.org/events/tift-merritt
August 7th, 2014
Lincoln Center – New York, NY

Australia Update

Dear Lovely Down Under,

Can’t wait to set my eyes on your for the very first time and make some noise together with you and Jason Isbell. Hopefully our first of many. Come give us local insider advice and help us celebrate the trip.

See you soon.
x tift

In case you missed out on on the two sold out Melbourne, Australia shows at Northcote, we’re excited to announce that Tift is playing another Melbourne show on April 14th!

Tickets & more info: www.tiftmerritt.com/calendar/

New Zealand show added!

Just announced!

After Tift’s Australian tour, she heads to New Zealand for a show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on April 23rd.

Tickets & more info HERE.

First Australian Tour & Summer Update!

After a few weeks of R&R, Tift is gearing up for a spring and summer full of touring. First up are two Night performances– the first, down south in Atlanta, where Tift is enjoying a break from the snow. Next week, she heads to NYC to join David Byrne and Marc Ribot at Le Poisson Rouge’s Artist Pay for Radio Play event, before two nights at Lincoln Center with Mary Chapin Carpenter and the NY Philharmonic. After the Australian adventure, Tift joins Andrew Bird’s old time band, The Hands of Glory, for shows from Bonnaroo to Canada! Stay tuned for more dates coming soon.

Feb 21 Kennesaw State University – Kenesaw, GA #
Feb 22  Norton Center for the Arts – Danville, KY #
Feb 25 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
Feb 28 Lincoln Center – New York, NY ^
Mar 01 Lincoln Center – New York, NY ^
Apr 13 Factory Theater – Sydney, AUS %
Apr 16-17 Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, AUS %
Apr 18-20 Boogie Fest – Tallarook, AUS
Apr 19 Meeniyan Town Hall – Meeniyan, AUS %
Apr 20-21 National Folk Fest – Canberra, AUS
June 9 Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC @
June 10 Cat’s Cradle – Carborro, NC @
June 12 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC @
June 12-15 Bonnaroo – Mansfield, TN @
June 15 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK @
June 16 The Paramount – Austin, TX @
June 19-22 Telluride Bluegrass Fest – Telluride, CO@
June 20 Chautauqua Auditorium – Boulder, CO @
July 4-6 Toronto Urban Roots Fest- Toronto, CAN @

# Night with Simone Dinnerstein
^ singing with Mary Chapin Carpenter
% with Jason Isbell
@ singing with Andrew Bird’s Hands of Glory
 

Australian Tour Dates

Dear Folks!

I’ll be heading to Australia in April of 2014 for the very first time with Jason Isbell. Have been trying to pack my Aussie suitcase for over ten years — so happy to finally be heading over.

Many thanks & much love, tift

Tickets available online at tiftmerritt.com/calendar
April 13     The Factory, Sydney
April 16     Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
April 17     Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
April 18     Boogie Festival, Bruzzy’s Farm, Tallarook
April 19     Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan
April 17-21    National Folk Festival, Canberra

WXPN Folkadelphia

While in Philadelphia last fall, Tift stopped by WXPNs Folkadelphia. Listen to the session in full here: http://thekey.xpn.org/

Special December treat for our friends in Chicago!

Tift is performing at Chicago’s Comfort Station Logan Square this Friday, December 13th.

Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:30pm. Space is very limited in this cozy room, so please arrive early and RSVP below. RSVPs can only be honored until 7:15pm. Suggested donation at the door: $20

RSVP & more info:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tift-merritt-comfort-station-tickets-9752198087

Happy Traveling Alone Deluxe Release Day!

Today marks the release of the beautiful expanded edition of ‘Traveling Alone’! Pick up a copy with one of the below indie retailers for a chance to win a limited edition, ‘Traveling Companion’ screenprint!

Electric Fetus

Fingerprints

Good Records

M-Theory

Music Millennium

Park Avenue CD’s

Silver Platters

Sonic Boom

Twist & Shout

Waterloo Records

Zia Records

Or you can purchase online HERE.

Quietest Show on Earth

Tift joins Andrew Bird for a special performance at the first ever Quietest Show on Earth to celebrate and support America’s national parks!

Five winners – each bringing along one guest – will hike into one of America’s national parks for the intimate performance, where it will filmed and later shared at http://www.quietestshowonearth.com/. For more information please visit the website.

Pre-order Traveling Alone Deluxe Edition

Dear friends,

Looking forward to fall with some good friends as I’ll be touring with Josh Ritter & Over The Rhine as well as singing with Andrew Bird at a few shows this summer! Also, we will be releasing a very special deluxe edition of Traveling Alone with a lyric book illustrated by Diana Sudyka as well as an accompanying acoustic record, Traveling Companion, that Eric Heywood & I recorded! So pleased how it all came together —

We will be finishing up our full band shows this year with our favorite home town gig, the North Carolina Museum of Art and we will be filming the show to make sure we remember what a lovely year we have had. Please come celebrate with us in August if you are in NC.

Much best, many thanks, Tift

The deluxe edition of ‘Traveling Alone’ is available September 17th!
Pre-order & more info: http://tiftmerritt.com/

WFUV Sunday Breakfast
Thanks to WFUV Public Radio for having Tift & Simone stop by Sunday Breakfast earlier this month! The session is now streaming, take a listen HERE.
July Full Band UK Tour Announced!

 Dear Folks,
 
See you soon in NC, Ohio and the UK! We can’t wait to play!  

Much love,
Tift

This week, Tift heads to Winston-Salem for a full band show at Ziggy’s! Tickets are still available. This weekend is Nelsonville Music Festival… Tift plays the main stage on Sunday evening, just before John Prine.

We’re very excited to share that Tift is back in the UK this July for a full band tour! The run kicks off with a NIGHT performance in London at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room and makes stops though England and Scotland. Tickets for the UK shows are on sale now, full tour dates and info HERE.

This evening, Tift performs alongside Philipp Meyer, the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Son. The event is part of Barnes & Noble’s Upstairs at the Square’ series, hosted at the Union Square Barnes in Noble in Manhattan! The two will discuss their work in conversation with Katherine Lanpher. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. More info HERE.

New UK Tour Dates!

Just announced!

Tift & the band are back in the UK this summer! The tour kicks off with a NIGHT performance at London’s Southbank Centre before Tift headlines a run through England and Scotland. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, more dates to be announced: http://tiftmerritt.com/calendar/

July 01 Purcell Rooms – London, UK
July 04 The Haunt – Brighton, UK
July 05 Thelka – Bristol, UK
July 06 Temple – Birmingham, UK
July 07 Cornbury Festival – Oxford, UK
July 08 The Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
July 10 Oran Mor – Glasgow, UK
July 11 Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK

NIGHT in London / Barnes & Noble Event / Summer Festival Update!

Dear Folks,
 
Hope you can make it out to our shows this May — I’m so very happy to be playing with Andrew Bird & Simone & Justin Townes Earle & super excited for the duo run of shows with Eric Heywood in tow on steel and guitar.  And teaming up with writer Philip Meyer in NYC — I could not put his book The Son down, just finished it last night. Hope this note finds you well and hope to see you soon.

Tift

Tift will perform alongside Philipp Meyer, author of ‘The Son’ at Barnes & Noble’s next edition of ‘Upstairs at the Square’ at the Union Square Barnes in Noble in Manhattan! On Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m the two will discuss their work in conversation with host Katherine Lanpher. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. More information can be found HERE.

Just announced- Tift and Simone bring NIGHT to London! The two will perform at  Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room on July 1st. Tickets are on sale today HERE.

APM Performance Today

Tift and Simone Dinnerstein stopped by American Public Media’s Performance Today while in Minneapolis. Take a listen to the collaboration HERE.

‘Still Not Home’ and ‘Sweet Spot’ on Last Call with Carson Daly

Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt: Meet the Musicians

Join pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt as they discuss their unique collaboration on the album, “Night”.  Listen to the Podcast HERE.

Record Store Day 12″ Available Saturday
Get Record Store Day ready: The brand new Markings 12″ will be in indie stores on Saturday…featuring red vinyl, three unreleased songs, and a hand printed silkscreen cover ready for framing. Get details and a store list at http://bit.ly/13Imszq
Photo: Get Record Store Day ready: The brand new Markings 12" will be in indie stores on Saturday...featuring red vinyl, three unreleased songs, and a hand printed silkscreen cover ready for framing. Get details and a store list at http://bit.ly/13Imszq
NPR – All Things Considered

‘A Musical Odd Couple, On Bridging Their Worlds’. Stream Simone Dinnerstein and Tift’s segment on NPR’s All Things Considered from last weekend’s broadcast HERE.

NPR: All Things Considered

Tift and Simone Dinnerstein stopped by NPR during a Washington, DC snow storm to record a segment for All Things Considered. Tune in to NPR tomorrow, March 23rd to catch the airing. Visit NPR.org to find your local NPR affiliate and broadcast schedule or stream live HERE.

‘Night’ Release Day

“True collaboration is that willingness to extend yourself to a new place but in a way that does not feel like anything has been given up.”

Happy ‘Night’ release day! The collaborative record with Simone Dinnerstein is available today digitally via iTunes: http://bit.ly/10vS3ld & physically via Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/13RIXUw

‘Night’ on NPR First Listen!

You can now listen to ‘Night’, an album collaboration with Simone Dinnerstein at NPR first listen HERE.

Pre-order the album (out 3/19) today:
iTunes: http://bit.ly/10vS3ld or
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/13RIXUw

Win 2 Tickets to See Tift in Germany

Friends in Germany-

Subscribe to Tift’s favorite traveling songs playlist on Spotify to win tickets to one of her upcoming shows in Germany, March 15-18! Two subscribers will be randomly chosen to win 2 tickets each to the show of their choice in Haldern, Berlin or Munich.  

Subscribe HERE.

‘Night’ Video Premiere

Yahoo! Music is premiering the video for ‘Only in Songs / Night and Dreams’ from Tift & Simone Dinnerstein’s  forthcoming album ‘Night’. Catch a first glimpse of the collaboration HERE.

Cornbury Festival

So happy that the band & I are playing Cornbury Festival this summer in the UK!! Van Morrison night!  http://www.cornburyfestival.com

Newport Folk Festival

So excited and humbled to be back playing Newport Folk Festival this year!

 

“Tift has an uncommonly infectious spirit and deep soul. When I play music with her she lifts me up and reminds me to be present. Tift also reminds us that folk music isn’t about acoustic guitars and fiddles (though those happen to be at arm’s reach). It’s about connecting with your fellow human. This is why I’m happy to introduce Tift Merritt to the 2013 Newport Folk Line-up.”

– Andrew Bird

Pickathon 2013!

Tift is joining this summer’s Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon! Full lineup and ticket info HERE.

‘To Myself’ Lyric Video

Watch the new lyric video for ‘To Myself’. The song appeared on last night’s episode of ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and is on sale this week on iTunes!

‘To Myself’ on Switched at Birth

‘To Myself’ will be featured in tonight’s new episode of Switched at Birth. Tune in at 8/7c on ABC Family!

Stream the St. Louis Show Audio

Stream the audio from Tift’s headlining show on February 9th at Off Broadway in St. Louis! Take a listen over at Speakers in Code HERE.

Tift on WCPN

Listen to Tift’s session live from 90.3 WCPN in Cleveland yesterday afternoon HERE.

 

Last Call with Carson Daly

A couple weeks ago, Tift and Eric performed at the sold out ‘Write The Night’ series hosted by Last Call with Carson Daly at the Troubadour.

Tune in to NBC tonight at 1:35am ET / 12:35am CT to watch “Traveling Alone” & “Small Talk Relations” from the performance.

Bottle Rock Napa Valley

We’re very excited to announce that Tift will be joining the lineup of this year’s Bottle Rock Napa Valley Festival! More information HERE.

Billboard’s Live at Sunrise

Watch Tift perform alongside Andrew Bird & band during Billboard’s Live at Sunrise session: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/tastemakers/1536079/andrew-bird-performs-live-at-sunrise-watch

American Songwriter: Seven Unforgettable Songs from 30A Songwriters Festival
American Songwriter Magazine’s ‘Seven Unforgettable Songs from 30A Songwriters Festival’…. including ‘Traveling Alone’
Headline Tour Kicks Off / Live Webcast

Tift & the band are back on the road next week!
Full list of shows HERE.

If your town isn’t on the list of dates, worry not! We’re excited to share that the first night of tour will be broadcast live from One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine. The show will air live on January 30th at 8:00pm Eastern.

Tickets and more information HERE.

‘Traveling Alone’ on Amazon

Pick up a digital copy of ‘Traveling Alone’ for $5 HERE or physical CD for $9.99 HERE for a limited time on Amazon

 

Tift Merritt & Ana Schuleit – Marks

Tift Merritt & Anna Schuleit collaborating live at 92YTribeca on January 26th, tickets:
http://www.92y.org/Tribeca/Event/Tift-Merritt-with-painter-Anna.aspx

When I met painter visual artist Anna Schuleit, I was looking at her paintings and I could not find the bottom of them. They were so emotional, and reminded me of my favorite painter Cy Twombly. When I met Anna herself, she was so open and giving and beautiful. I felt like I had met a kindred spirit, someone who inspired me, a better version of who I wanted to be. We talked for hours and hours and naturally, I wanted to find a way to combine the way we see the world.

I’ve always been fascinated by how creating in any medium is a kind of private performance – a parallel intensity of mind. While I wrote Traveling Alone, stops by Anna’s studio were a refuge of color and calm. Anna came to the studio to peer into our world, too. To see what the emotional journey within an album like Traveling Alone would look if Anna painted it is fascinating to me, and I think sound is fascinating to her. We speak different languages and are drawn toward that language we can’t speak fluently in order to translate ourselves. Performing together seemed like an amazingly tangible and sensitive way to entangle ourselves.

Tift & Anna Schuleit at 92YTribeca

Tift will be performing alongside painter Anna Schuleit at 92YTribeca on January 26th for an event that combines Anna’s art with Tift’s music. Tickets go on sale this Friday, head HERE for more information about the event.

The New York Times

The New York Times compares Tift to Bobbie Gentry in this week’s music match. Read the article HERE.

Another Country with Ricky Ross

Stream Another Country with Ricky Ross featuring an interview with Tift HERE.

‘Traveling Alone’ on Later With Jools Holland

Watch Tift Merritt perform ‘Traveling Alone’ on Later… With Jools Holland HERE!

Later… With Jools Holland

Tift will be on on tonight’s Later with Jools Holland! Tune in to BBC Two at 11:45pm to catch her performance.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p6q5s

Tift on Jools Holland!

Tune in to BBC Two at 10pm this evening to catch Tift performing on Later Live with Jools Holland!

American Songwriter

Check out Tift’s songwriting process in the interview with American Songwriter HERE.

Later… With Jools Holland!

Absolutely thrilled & pleased to announce that Tift will be playing on LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND next week in London, airing Nov 30. Later Live airs at 10pm on BBC 2 Tuesday Nov 27  &  Later…. with Jools Holland airs on Friday, Nov 30 at 11:45pm. 

The Wallflowers Join the Port Chester Show / Proceeds to the Hurricane Sandy Victims

We’re excited to announce that The Wallflowers will be appearing this Saturday night with Tift and Justin Townes Earle at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY! All profits from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross to support their relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims.

http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/event/158133/

Tift on Rhapsody TV

Tift talks about her favorite record on Rhapsody TV HERE!

Tift with Andrew Bird on the Late Show with David Letterman

If you didn’t stay up last night to catch The Late Show With David Letterman, you can watch Tift performing with Andrew Bird HERE.

Tift on David Letterman with Andrew Bird!

Tune in to the Late Show with David Letterman tonight where Tift will be a special guest in Andrew Bird’s performance. 11:35 EST / 10:35 CST.

Tift on Sirius XM’s The Loft

Tift’s Loft Session is airing today on SiriusXM Radio. Tune in to channel 30 at Noon Eastern!

New European Dates!

We’ve added a handful of new dates to Tift’s Fall European Tour! For more information & tickets, head HERE.

Dec 2nd John Dee – Oslo, Norway
Dec 3rd Nalen – Stockholm, Sweden
Dec 4 Pustervik – Göteborg, Sweden with Dry the River
Dec 6 Quasimodo – Berlin, Germany

Tift on CMT Edge

Check out the interview with Tift over at CMT Edge HERE!

Tift on Good Day LA!

If you’re in the LA area (and an early riser!), you may have caught Tift on Good Day LA this morning. If not, check out the performance and interview HERE.

February Tour Dates!

As we’re nearing the end of Tift’s fall US headlining tour, we’re excited to announce another batch of tour dates in February! More information HERE!

2.1 Albany, NY – The Linda Theater
2.5 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
2.7 Evanston, IL – SPACE
2.8 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
2.9 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
2.14 Austin, TX – The Parish
2.15 Houston, TX – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (two shows!)
2.20 Knoxville, TN – The Square Room
2.21 Asheville, NC -The Grey Eagle
2.22 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
2.23 Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley

The Making of ‘Traveling Alone’ Screen Prints

Daytrotter

Tift’s Daytrotter session is streaming now! Listen HERE.

Wall Street Journal

If you picked up The Wall Street Journal this morning, you may have caught the article on ‘Traveling Alone’!
Check out Jim Fusilli’s review HERE.

WNYC Soundcheck

Tune in to Soundcheck on WNYC Radio at 9pm ET this evening to catch Tift’s in-studio performance & interview HERE.

NPR Morning Edition

If you didn’t catch Tift today on NPR Morning Edition, listen to the interview HERE.

Mountain Stage

Tift’s Mountain Stage performance begins airing today! Head HERE to check your local broadcast schedule to hear Tift’s set from Alaska.

Tift on BBC Radio 2

Catch Tift’s performance and interview with Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 at 7:00pm GMT / 2:00 pm ET today. Tune in HERE!

‘Traveling Alone’ Available Today

‘Traveling Alone’ is available today! Pick up your copy HERE.

Stream ‘Traveling Alone’

Stream Traveling Alone

Traveling Alone Available at Indie Music Retailers!
If you’d like to get the new record and support Record Store Day indie stores tomorrow, a few special stores across the country will also have the ‘Traveling Alone’ limited-edition screenprints! We made these with friend and Raleigh artist Skillet Gillmore, who let us record the process in his basement studio. Check it out, and see the full list of stores below, or find a retailer carrying the new album in your area by using the new Record Store Day “Third Option” locator HERE.


California
Amoeba Hollywood – Hollywood,
Amoeba Music – Berkeley and San Francisco
Boo Boo Records – San Louis Obispo
Dimple Records – Sacramento
Fingerprints – Long Beach

Maine
Bull Moose Music – Portland

Tennessee
Disc Exchange – Knoxville
Grimey’s – Nashville

Washington
Silver Platters – Seattle
Sonic Boom Records – Seattle
Easy Street – Seattle
Electric Fetus – Minneapolis
Everyday Music – Oregon

Oregon
Music Millenium – Portland

North Carolina
Offbeat Music – Durham
Schoolkids – Raleigh

Florida
Park Avenue CD – Orlando

Idaho
Record Exchange – Boise

Wisconsin
The Exclusive Company – Milwaukee

New Jersey
Vintage Vinyl – Fords

Texas
Waterloo Records and Video – Austin

Tift on WUNC’s Morning Edition

Tift stopped by WUNC’s Morning Edition last week. Check out the interview HERE!

WNYC Soundcheck

This afternoon, Tift is swinging by Soundcheck (WNYC Radio). You can stream the audio live at 2:00pm Eastern HERE. Or, catch the broadcast on WNYC this evening at 9 p.m Eastern.

Traveling Alone available in Tift’s hometown 9/25

After playing to more than 5,000 North Carolinians last week, Tift is thrilled to offer up ‘Traveling Alone’ early to fans in the Triangle of N.C. Local retailers will feature the new CD starting Sept. 25, before it’s available Oct. 2. See below for a list of stores in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Durham and Hillsborough.

Raleigh / Cary
Art of Style at Brier Creek and Cameron Village
Big Boss Brewery
Galetea Boutique
Joint Venture Jewelry
Lonerider Brewery
Nice Price Books
NOFO
Schoolkids
Uniquities in Cameron Village and North Hills
Scout & Molly’s

Chapel Hill / Carrboro
CD Alley
Flyleaf Books
Franklin Street Yoga
Joyful Jewel
Local 506
Saxapahaw General Store
Townsend Bertram & Co.
Uniquities

Durham / Hillsborough
Chaz’s Bull City Records
The Depot
Ninth Street Bakery
Offbeat Records
Outsiders Art & Collectibles
Posh Salon
The Regulator Bookshop
Uniquities
Wine Authorities

Stream ‘Traveling Alone’ early on Spotify, buy now on iTunes

‘Traveling Alone’ is now streaming on Spotify, one week early before its release Oct. 2.

The album, featuring exclusive bonus track “Worn Out World,” is also available for pre-order now on iTunes.

European Tour Dates!

Excited to announce that Tift is headed to Europe this Fall! The week-long run kicks off in Copenhagen with Andrew Bird and wraps up in the UK.

Nov 18 Amager Bio – Copenhagen, Denmark w/ Andrew Bird
Nov 19 Pustervik – Göteborg, Sweden w/ Andrew Bird
Nov 22 Assembly Hall – Islington London, UK
Nov 23 Bullington Arms Oxford, UK
Nov 25 Manchester Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK
Nov 26 Pleasance Courtyard & Theatre – Edinburgh, UK
Nov 28 Cluny – Newcastle, UK

Full tour dates & tickets: www.tiftmerritt.com/calendar/

‘To Myself’ & ‘Feeling of Beauty’ Videos on Paste

Head over to PASTE for the premiere of Tift’s handmade home videos for ‘To Myself’  and porch front ‘Feeling of Beauty’

Tift on NC TV today!

Tift is live & on the air! Catch her interview with WRAL (CBS) at 12:30 pm today and then her performance on WNCN (NBC) at 7:00 pm this evening.

Americana Music Festival & Conference

If you’re in Nashville this weekend for the Americana Music Festival & Conference, you’ve got a few chances to catch Tift tomorrow!

11:30am Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

2:00pm  In-store at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music

10:00pm  AMA Showcase at Mercy Lounge

Traveling Alone Bonus Version
Pre-order ‘Traveling Alone’ on iTunes now and receive exclusive bonus track ‘Worn Out World’ on 10/2!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/traveling-alone-bonus-track/id553992828
Live from 91.9 WFPK

Before performing at Waterfront Wednesday in Louisville, Tift swung by the studio at WFPK. Check out the performance and interview HERE!

‘Traveling Alone’ Pre-sale!

Dear Folks,

Just a note from the front porch to say how excited I am for Traveling Alone to be released this fall.  I’ve had a wonderful summer on tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter who has been so kind to me – but I’m looking forward to being back with the full band and pulling these songs out of our suitcase!   Hope this finds you well, hope we see you soon on the road.

Warmest, Tift

‘Traveling Alone’ and the The ‘Traveling Alone’ Travel Kit are available for pre-order today!

 

‘Little Birds’ Title Track Premiere
Filter Magaine has the exclusive premiere of Tift’s new track from the Little Birds soundtrack! Check out the title track, ‘Little Birds’ HERE.
WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

Louisville-

Head over to the Big Four Lawn tomorrow evening for WFPK Waterfront Wednesday! Tift will be playing the free show with Jukebox the Ghost & Whistle Peak. More information HERE.

New Spark Episode with Andrew Bird

New Spark episode with the very talented Andrew Bird coming to you from Marfa, Texas Public Radio…

Country Music Hall of Fame: Songwriter Session 9/15

Tift is performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on September 15th! More information HERE.

‘Traveling Alone’ Sampler on NoiseTrade

The ‘Traveling Alone’ sampler is this week’s featured download on Noisetrade.com. The free download includes two new songs “Sweet Spot” and “In The Way” from the album, as well as the acoustic ‘Sweet Spot’ EP recorded earlier this year. ‘Traveling Alone’ comes out Oct 2nd on Yep Roc Records

Check out the free sampler here!

 

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

Tift is performing at the next WFPK Waterfront Wednesday on 8/29! Come out to the Big Four Lawn in Louisville for the free show with Jukebox the Ghost and Whistle Peak

http://www.wfpk.org/waterfront-wednesday-august-2012/

Cat’s Cradle Vouchers

Vouchers are now available for the free show at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on 9/21! Pick yours up HERE.

‘To Myself’ Premiere

Dear Friends!

Just a quick note from the road to say how excited I am about the new album and being back on the road with the band this fall. We had such a wonderful time making Traveling Alone. Funny enough, ‘To Myself’ was recorded in just two takes! I’ve been having a really great time on the road with Mary Chapin Carpenter in the meantime this summer and am looking forward to a fall filled with lots of music and friends.

Warmest,
Tift

Paste premiered the first single off the upcoming album Traveling Alone today – click HERE to stream “To Myself” now. The single is also now available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, before Traveling Alone is released Oct. 2 on Yep Roc Records. After supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter this summer, Tift will be headlining major markets throughout the fall before pairing up with Justin Townes Earle this November. All of the October headline dates go on sale this Friday, July 27th. See below for a list of headlining tour dates or head HERE for more ticket information.

9/21 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle in the Commons

9/22 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

9/23 New York, NY – City Winery

10/5 Chicago, IL – City Winery

10/8 Alexandria, VA – Birchmere

10/9 World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA

10/10 Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s

10/12 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern

10/15 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

10/16 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern

10/18 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord

10/19 Los Angeles, CA – The Mint

10/20 Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s

10/21 San Diego, CA – Anthology

Cat’s Cradle in the Commons

No place like home… can’t wait to start our Fall tour off right in North Carolina. We are so pleased to announce that we will be playing a free show at Carrboro Town Commons on September 21st.
www.catscradle.com

Tour dates with Justin Townes Earle

Tift will be heading out on the road this fall with Justin Townes Earle.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 13th. For more information, head HERE
11/2 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
11/4 West Long Branch, NJ – Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University
11/5 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
11/7 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
11/8 Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
11/9 Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
11/11 Westhampton, NY – Westhampton Performing Arts Center
11/14 Blacksburg, VA – The Lyric Theatre
11/16 Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theatre

TRAVELING ALONE COMING ON YEP ROC OCT. 2 !! SUMMER TOUR DATES !!

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Tift’s new album and Yep Roc Records label debut Traveling Alone is due October 2. The album was recorded in Brooklyn with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Spoon) and features a guest appearance by Andrew Bird and well as performances by Marc Ribot, Rob Burger (Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine, Rufus Wainwright), John Convertino (Calexico), Eric Heywood (The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo) and Merritt’s longtime collaborator Jay Brown.

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Tift also hits the road at the end of June, joining Mary Chapin Carpenter on a string of dates.

DEAR FOLKS:

Happy Ten Year Anniversary Bramble Rose, free download, summer news, dates–CLICK HERE for details!

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SPRING TOUR NEWS

Spring tour dates are up, and summer-fall dates are showing up already too.  Tickets to shows with Nick Lowe still available–CLICK HERE for details.

SPRING DATES WITH NICK LOWE

Tift is very excited to announce she will be supporting the wonderful Nick Lowe on a special run of shows this spring!  CLICK HERE for details…

HART OF DIXIE APPEARANCE MOVED TO MON. FEB. 6

Tift’s appearance on the CW’s Hart of Dixie has been moved to Monday, February 6.

SWEET SPOT!

Tift makes her primetime television debut next week on the CW’s Hart of Dixie.  A special acoustic three song collection including “Sweet Spot” is released exclusively on iTunes today!

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Stream “Sweet Spot” right here…

HQ VIDEO OF TIFT AND SIMONE DINNERSTEIN AT WNYC

Just added to the Media page–professionally-videographed excerpt from the 30th anniversary tribute to John Schaefer at WNYC earlier this month–Tift and Simone perform their arrangement of Schubert’s “Nacht und Traume” from their collaboration “Night”–watch it HERE

NOD TO TIFT AND SIMONE IN THE HUFFINGTON POST

Tift and her “Night” collaborator, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, performed their unique arrangement of Schubert’s “Nacht und Traume” at WYNC’s 30th anniversary celebration of DJ John Schaefer.  The Huffington Post’s Chris Kompanek called it his “personal favorite” of the evening–read it HERE.  (PS We will have more news about “Night” in the new year so stay tuned.)

NEW SONGS FOR NEW YEAR’S AT CITY WINERY

Tift will join Joseph Arthur at NYC’s City Winery on New Year’s Day.  Studio work on the new record starts just after, so expect to hear lots of new material.  For details, CLICK HERE

TIFT AT BEACON THEATER WITH ANDREW BIRD IN MAY

Tift will open for Andrew Bird at the historic Beacon Theater in New York City on May 5th.  For details, CLICK HERE

TIFT AND SIMONE DINNERSTEIN TO PERFORM AT “THREE DECADES OF JOHN SCHAEFER”

Tift and her “Night” collaborator, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, will join six other performing acts in a live tribute concert emcee’d by Angelique Kidjo honoring the longtime WNYC DJ.  The performance, at the station’s Jerome L. Greene performance space, is at 8 pm Friday, December 2.  Tickets are available now but space is very limited.  For details and tickets, CLICK HERE.

TIFT TO OPEN OCTOBER SHOWS FOR THE JAYHAWKS

The band will go with her for these–they’ll be warming it up with a kickoff headliner of their own at Helsinki Hudson on Fri Oct 21.  Also this fall:  a couple of Carolinas shows and the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music & Love in Marfa, TX with Tift & Jay–see CALENDAR for details . . .