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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:01 pm
by joanna
[/quote]Hi Joanna,
You can try going to the bottom of this page and right-clicking the link (or whatever Mac users do instead if you're one of those) to save the file.[/quote]

Oh, cool!!! Thank you so very much! Can I just rip off that whole page while I'm there? Seriously, you have some awesome music there.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:21 pm
by keith from ny
joanna wrote:Oh, cool!!! Thank you so very much! Can I just rip off that whole page while I'm there? Seriously, you have some awesome music there.

Be my guest, that's why I call it "Downloads". ;)

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:01 pm
by Arlene
FYI. Folkwax gave Tift's new CD a 10 (out of 10). The last CD I recall that received a 10 from Folkwax was Folkwax's 2007 Album of the Year-- something called Children Running Through. :wink:

FYI. Here's the review:

A Truly Fulfilling Musical Journey, (02/27/08)

Following two albums for Lost Highway and a 2005 self-released live set, Tift Merritt has relocated to Fantasy Records (now part of the Concord Music Group), the imprint famed for giving us Credence Clearwater Revival four decades ago. The carryover from Lost Highway is George Drakoulias (the Jayhawks, the Black Crowes, Maria McKee) who produced Tambourine [2004], Merritt's Country/Soul-tinged, Grammy-nominated sophomore set. Absent on the latter recording, Merritt's road band - Zeke Hutchins (drums), Jay Brown (bass, vocals), and Danny Eisenberg (keyboards, vocals) - feature prominently here, although there's no Brad Rice (guitar, vocals) from her October 2005 Austin City Limits appearance, and in his stead we have Charlie Sexton, one of Austin's best-known and talented axemen.

As for the album title, Another Country, there's a deal of double entendre, even a hint of entende cordial! Truth to tell, this Houston, Texas-born, and Raleigh, North Carolina-bred, country girl penned the songs while residing in Paris. No, not Paris, Texas, but Paris, France. While I found her musically feisty, cleverly titled debut Bramble Rose and the follow-up disc marginally interesting, Merritt's third studio collection has lit a flame that burns bright and strong.

The songs here were conceived in solitude in a foreign land, a sojourn that was marked by long periods of soul searching and contemplation. Raising the spectres of heritage and belonging to some earthbound location, in his cinematographic masterpiece "Montana Song," the late David Ackles [d. 1999] wrote "Looking for my fathers/On a long-abandoned farm/And I found what I came looking for" and figuratively speaking that's precisely what Merritt has achieved here. For Merritt the long-abandoned farm became a Paris apartment (complete with piano) while, maybe unexpectedly, the city's environs amply delivered inspiration.

Propelled by a shuffle beat, far from the home, in the opening cut, "Something To Me," the narrator contemplates what's been left behind and reflects on the place where she now finds herself. In the opening lines, taught by her father, Merritt remembers her favourite song - "The kindness of a stranger is dust from an unseen wing" - then offers up the insight "The colours of the man I love are deepest blue and green" and that "...the city comes to greet me with her secrets all lit up/Beauty is letting your guard down all the way in hands you trust." In "Broken" the world-weary narrator optimistically concludes "I think I will break but I mend," while, piano-led, the album title track - a breathtakingly beautiful love song - finds the narrator expressing bare-to-the-bone vulnerability "But I'm broke down right here/My heart won't come out clear/I get lost on the inside too/How could I make sense to you?" As for the hypnotically cyclical closing coda, played on electric guitar, it is simply to die for.

Thirty years ago Joe Ely rocked out with "I Had My Hopes Up High," while Merritt's "Hopes Too High" is taken at an infinitely more leisurely pace and finds the narrator espousing a "can't keep from trying" attitude to life. "Morning Is My Destination," which follows, transports the listener though the hours of darkness. "Supposed To Make You Happy" appeared on Merritt's debut studio album and her subsequent CD and DVD live sets, and here the mellifluous "Keep You Happy" amounts to the latest episode in an ongoing chronicle. Despite the affirmation expressed in the title, "I Know What I'm Looking For Now," Merritt's vocal delivery hints at a lingering, yet pleasing vulnerability, "This world will mix you up, oh and bring you down/I know what I'm looking for now."

The soulful Memphis stomp "Tell Me Something True" finds Merritt indulging in a distinct changeup in pace and for that matter style, a momentary backward glance at Tambourine, while underpinned by strident electric guitar riffs the ensuing "My Heart Is Free" possesses a hard edge, lyrically and melodically. Based, supposedly, on the diaries of a relative who perished in one of last century's World Wars, Merritt's narrator is male and while she (deliberately?) draws no discernible parallels to subsequent, nay current conflicts, she astutely defines the constancy of the cost.

Recalling Paris, Merritt closes the penultimate paragraph of her liner notes with the insight "It was the happiest I have ever been." That fact comes across in these songs and more. Much, much more!

The closing segue of "Tender Branch" into the waltz-paced "Mille Tendresses" ("A Thousand Tendernesses") finds Merritt referencing St. Sulpice in the tenth arrondissement (it's the name for a borough or district) in Paris. St. Sulpice is the name of a well-known parish church in that borough and as she reveals in her liner notes that she visited the church at least once in which her apartment was located, while she sings the album closer in French. Once "the wildest horse" on the block, the now mature narrator in "Tender Branch" reflects upon the gentler, more fulfilling pace of her life.

Another Country is a truly fulfilling musical journey to be embarked upon often.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:40 pm
by bivester
for anybody in this general area...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:43 pm
by bivester
the bad news...about 4"-5" wintery mix of snow, sleet & ice is on the ground, it has consistantly been falling since about 8:00 am this morning. and still is...

the good news... an e-mail from ear x-tacy about noon, simply said "come rain, sleet or snow, tift is still playin'"

well, about 30 or 40 of us braved it and she was very impressed and happy. so happy that she expanded her planned 30 minute set to about an hour and 15 minutes. it was tift solo, on her acoustic and keys. she played most of the new record w/a few from "bramble & tamborine" thrown in for good measure. about 1/2 way into the show, as keith noted in an earlier post, she stepped out in front of the monitors, as she excused herself to the people sitting on the floor and said "can you hear me ok? let's try this" and launched to a beautiful, almost acapella version of "supposed to make you happy." it was stunning. beautiful. even in the middle of a busy record story on a snowy friday night. it was dead still and quiet.

afterwards she said "if you've got anything you want me to sign, if you wanna say hi, whatever, i'll be here" and she hung around and chatted, signed and asked everybody how they liked the new record, joked about the snow. she was wearing, as she explained a "carolina blue," not "kentucky blue" ear x-tacy sweatshirt/hoodie that she explained that she made john (ear x's owner) give it to her because she was "horribly unprepared" for the weather, it was snowing and she didn't even bring a coat and was wearing about 6" open toed heels (which john commented "i like your snow boots"). she said, "wasn't it 60 degrees here yesterday?"

during the show and meet and greet, the snow turned to ice and the drive home was a little slippery. but it was well worth the trip. i'll post a few pics in a while, sorting them now.

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tift w/john timmon's, owner of ear x-tacy in the background
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click on the concert pic link in my sig to see more if you are interested....

PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:04 am
by marybeth
great shots, Bill! Is this another one you're sweet on? :wink:

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:25 am
by Arlene
Nice live set by Tift WITH band recorded 4/21/06at KGSR: http://www.kgsr.com/ip/

(Also, she confirmed during interview portion that she's engaged to Zeke, her drummer.)

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:18 pm
by Russell
I saw Tift at the Dallas House of Blues the next night (4/22). I was surprised at the small crowd, probably less than 100, but I don't know what she usually draws. Neither she nor her band showed any concern -- they all seemed to really be enjoying themselves, put on a great performance, and the small crowd responded enthusiastically, so that was nice. There was a short forced intermission caused by a false fire alarm, but other than that, she played steadily for 1-1/2 hours. I don't think she left the stage during the "intermission" - because the lights were on, she stayed on the stage taking pictures of the audience as they used the "intermission" as a bar and restroom break.

I found this interesting one-page Vanity Fair article with a great photo (no, it's not Miley Cyrus) on Tift's website: http://tiftmerritt.com/press/vanityfair.pdf

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 2:41 pm
by Arlene

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 10:16 am
by gillian
FYI... Yesterday, Tift was announced as an official artist on Cayamo 2009.

PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 8:39 pm
by keith from ny
More dates announced! :D

Fri May 23 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Paradiso
Sat May 24 Brussels, Belgium Toogenblik
Tue May 27 Stockholm, Sweden Nalen
Thu May 29 Goteburg, Sweden Storen
Fri May 30 Malmo, Sweden Kulturbolaget
Sat May 31 Lund, Sweden Mejeriet Café
Fri Jun 6 Boston, MA Paradise (with James Hunter)
Tue Jun 10 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live (with James Hunter)
Wed Jun 11 New York, NY Blender Theater (with James Hunter)
(May-June 11 Tift solo, June 15-on Tift & band)
Sun Jun 15 Oslo, Norway Norwegian Wood Festival
Sat Jun 21 Telluride, Colorado Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Wed June 25 TV: Late Show With David Letterman, CBS TV
Thu June 26 Annapolis, MD Rams Head
Sun Jun 29 Glastonbury, England Glastonbury Festival
Tue Jul 1 London, England Bush Hall
Wed Jul 2 Sheffield, England Memorial Hall
Thu Jul 3 Nottingham, England Rescue Rooms
Sat Jul 5 Manchester, England Manchester Academy 3
Sun Jul 6 Cornbury, England Cornbury Festival
Fri July 11 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
Sat July 12 Berwyn, IL Fitzgerald's Night Club
Fri July 18 Knoxville, TN The Pilot Light
Sat July 19 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry + free plaza show
Sun July 20 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley, simulcast on WRLT
Thu July 24 Burlington, VT City Artist Festival at Battery Park (free!)
Wed Aug 6 Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts
Thu Aug 7 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Fri Aug 8 Burke Mountain, Vermont The Tamarack
Sat Aug 9 Pawling, NY Towne Crier
Fri Aug 22 Isle of Palms, SC Windjammer
Sat Aug 23 Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum of Art
Sun Aug 24 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Amphitheater, WUIN The Penguin 106.7fm 5th Anniversary celebration

PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:35 pm
by becmurr
keith from ny wrote:More dates announced! :D

Fri May 23 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Paradiso
Sat May 24 Brussels, Belgium Toogenblik
Tue May 27 Stockholm, Sweden Nalen
Thu May 29 Goteburg, Sweden Storen
Fri May 30 Malmo, Sweden Kulturbolaget
Sat May 31 Lund, Sweden Mejeriet Café
Fri Jun 6 Boston, MA Paradise (with James Hunter)
Tue Jun 10 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live (with James Hunter)
Wed Jun 11 New York, NY Blender Theater (with James Hunter)
(May-June 11 Tift solo, June 15-on Tift & band)
Sun Jun 15 Oslo, Norway Norwegian Wood Festival
Sat Jun 21 Telluride, Colorado Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Wed June 25 TV: Late Show With David Letterman, CBS TV
Thu June 26 Annapolis, MD Rams Head
Sun Jun 29 Glastonbury, England Glastonbury Festival
Tue Jul 1 London, England Bush Hall
Wed Jul 2 Sheffield, England Memorial Hall
Thu Jul 3 Nottingham, England Rescue Rooms
Sat Jul 5 Manchester, England Manchester Academy 3
Sun Jul 6 Cornbury, England Cornbury Festival
Fri July 11 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
Sat July 12 Berwyn, IL Fitzgerald's Night Club
Fri July 18 Knoxville, TN The Pilot Light
Sat July 19 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry + free plaza show
Sun July 20 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley, simulcast on WRLT
Thu July 24 Burlington, VT City Artist Festival at Battery Park (free!)
Wed Aug 6 Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts
Thu Aug 7 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Fri Aug 8 Burke Mountain, Vermont The Tamarack
Sat Aug 9 Pawling, NY Towne Crier
Fri Aug 22 Isle of Palms, SC Windjammer
Sat Aug 23 Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum of Art
Sun Aug 24 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Amphitheater, WUIN The Penguin 106.7fm 5th Anniversary celebration


I have another reason to go visit my son in Burlington!!!

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 1:57 am
by marybeth
I'm really liking her album these days. Wish I could see her live....!

PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:38 pm
by Arlene
marybeth wrote:I'm really liking her album these days. Wish I could see her live....!

Here's the next best thing-- video of her on Morning Becomes Eclectic (with Doug Pettibone sitting in!): http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/m ... ft_merritt

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:21 am
by marybeth
Thanks so much for that, Arlene!