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.
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/
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.
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
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
While in Philadelphia last fall, Tift stopped by WXPNs Folkadelphia. Listen to the session in full here: http://thekey.xpn.org/
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
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!
Or you can purchase online HERE.
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.
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/
See you soon in NC, Ohio and the UK! We can’t wait to play!
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.
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
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 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.
Tift and Simone Dinnerstein stopped by American Public Media’s Performance Today while in Minneapolis. Take a listen to the collaboration HERE.
Join pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt as they discuss their unique collaboration on the album, “Night”. Listen to the Podcast HERE.
‘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.
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.
“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.”
You can now listen to ‘Night’, an album collaboration with Simone Dinnerstein at NPR first listen HERE.
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.
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.
So happy that the band & I are playing Cornbury Festival this summer in the UK!! Van Morrison night! http://www.cornburyfestival.com
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
Tift is joining this summer’s Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon! Full lineup and ticket info HERE.
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’ will be featured in tonight’s new episode of Switched at Birth. Tune in at 8/7c on ABC Family!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Tift Merritt & Anna Schuleit collaborating live at 92YTribeca on January 26th, tickets:
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 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 compares Tift to Bobbie Gentry in this week’s music match. Read the article HERE.
Stream Another Country with Ricky Ross featuring an interview with Tift HERE.
Watch Tift Merritt perform ‘Traveling Alone’ on Later… With Jools Holland HERE!
Tift will be on on tonight’s Later with Jools Holland! Tune in to BBC Two at 11:45pm to catch her performance.
Tune in to BBC Two at 10pm this evening to catch Tift performing on Later Live with Jools Holland!
Check out Tift’s songwriting process in the interview with American Songwriter HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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’s Loft Session is airing today on SiriusXM Radio. Tune in to channel 30 at Noon Eastern!
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
Check out the interview with Tift over at CMT Edge HERE!
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.
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
Tift’s Daytrotter session is streaming now! Listen HERE.
If you didn’t catch Tift today on NPR Morning Edition, listen to the interview HERE.
Tift’s Mountain Stage performance begins airing today! Head HERE to check your local broadcast schedule to hear Tift’s set from Alaska.
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’ is available today! Pick up your copy HERE.
Amoeba Hollywood – Hollywood,
Amoeba Music – Berkeley and San Francisco
Boo Boo Records – San Louis Obispo
Dimple Records – Sacramento
Fingerprints – Long Beach
Bull Moose Music – Portland
Disc Exchange – Knoxville
Grimey’s – Nashville
Silver Platters – Seattle
Sonic Boom Records – Seattle
Easy Street – Seattle
Electric Fetus – Minneapolis
Everyday Music – Oregon
Music Millenium – Portland
Offbeat Music – Durham
Schoolkids – Raleigh
Park Avenue CD – Orlando
Record Exchange – Boise
The Exclusive Company – Milwaukee
Vintage Vinyl – Fords
Waterloo Records and Video – Austin
Tift stopped by WUNC’s Morning Edition last week. Check out the interview HERE!
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
Joint Venture Jewelry
Nice Price Books
Uniquities in Cameron Village and North Hills
Scout & Molly’s
‘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.
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/
Head over to PASTE for the premiere of Tift’s handmade home videos for ‘To Myself’ and porch front ‘Feeling of Beauty’
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.
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
Before performing at Waterfront Wednesday in Louisville, Tift swung by the studio at WFPK. Check out the performance and interview HERE!
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.
New Spark episode with the very talented Andrew Bird coming to you from Marfa, Texas Public Radio…
Tift is performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on September 15th! More information HERE.
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!
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
Vouchers are now available for the free show at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on 9/21! Pick yours up HERE.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
CLICK HERE for details…
Tift also hits the road at the end of June, joining Mary Chapin Carpenter on a string of dates.
Happy Ten Year Anniversary Bramble Rose, free download, summer news, dates–CLICK HERE for details!
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.
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…
Tift’s appearance on the CW’s Hart of Dixie has been moved to Monday, February 6.
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!
CLICK HERE to “like” “Sweet Spot” on facebook …
Stream “Sweet Spot” right here…
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
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.)
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 will open for Andrew Bird at the historic Beacon Theater in New York City on May 5th. For details, CLICK HERE
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.
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 . . .
by Peter Zimmerman–read it HERE
Tift and the band will perform in the Concerts in the Courtyard series at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on August 10. Bill Janovitz opens. For details, see CALENDAR.
Tift plays Madison Square Park in June and stays in the UK a
little longer . . . see CALENDAR for details.