(click song title above to listen)
No one will be denied on my boat, on my boat
No getting ahead or falling behind on my boat, on my boat
Just having a real big time on my boat on my boat
No one will be denied on my boat, on my boat, on my boat
On her new album Stitch of the World, Tift Merritt adapts the lyrics of this week’s stunner of a top tune from the late, great short-story writer Raymond Carver. His poem “My Boat” was written in Port Angeles in the spring of 1984. There will be room for all his friends on this boat, no one will be denied. With Carver’s All of Us: The Collected Poems in hand, this poem for Tift “leapt up like lightning”. Its message of kinship and inclusion is offered in a time of great division in our country and “it makes it just a little bit easier to believe that scars do heal and love soldiers on”. – Slant Magazine.
Check out a lovely intimate performance of the song at Paste Studios in NYC with mister Eric Heywood on guitar HERE.
Contact & Licensing info:
“My Boat” music written by Tift Merritt based on the Poem “My Boat” by Raymond Carver. Published by the Estate of Raymond Carver & by Obscure Superhero Music (ASCAP). Administered by Some Kind of Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / email@example.com. Used Master controlled by Yep Roc Records.
Mar 15 2017
A thoughtful, sensitive, personal collection of songs, Tift Merritt‘s stellar new album Stitch of the World is here! Tift once again has plucked a top supporting cast for the album which includes Marc Ribot and lap-steel specialist Eric Heywood on guitars, drummer extraordinaire Jay Bellerose and the wonderful Jennifer Condos on bass. Iron & Wine‘s Sam Beam serves as co-producer and backup singer on what marks Merritt’s sixth studio release.
Tift on her album title: “for my 40th birthday, I rented a cabin in California. It had such an amazing vista — the Pacific forever, cliffs, trees and stars — it didn’t seem real. I thought how lucky I was, and about invisible ties that link us to one another and to the world. And sewing — it’s a delicate thing. You can pull too hard or get thread twisted or torn. You’ve got to be careful – and still go blindly and joyfully forward.” The album features singles “Dusty Old Man”, “Love Soldiers On”, and “Heartache Is an Uphill Climb”. Merritt delivers a poignant set and is currently on tour through May 2017! Order HERE.
Jan 27 2017
Driving without destination,
Leaving our clothes there on the bank and
Swimming in a river with no name.
This week’s top tune is one of our favorite songs of the past year and comes from the critically acclaimed Tift Merritt lp, Traveling Alone. One year after it’s initial release, the set gets a well-deserved expanded deluxe edition treatment from the fine folks at Yep Roc Records.
The package is available now and comes with a bonus album called, Traveling Companion, which features 10 unreleased acoustic tracks including Merritt Originals and two covers from Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits. It was recorded earlier this year in Brooklyn’s Mason Jar Music studio with guitarist Eric Heywood (The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo). Tift commissioned images from artist Diana Sudyka in a hardbound lyric book which is also included.
Available in both CD and LP formats, the premiere LP version includes three 180-gram LPs that span both Traveling Alone and Traveling Companion, the hardbound lyric book and three custom postcards. Truly stunning!
You can catch Tift again on tour coming up October 4th at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival before a supporting run with Over The Rhine. Click here for more details.
Contact & Licensing:
“Feeling of Beauty” written by Tift Merritt. Published by Train Penny Publishing (BMI) administered by Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org. Master controlled by Yep Roc Records / contact: Ryan Dimock / email@example.com
Sep 18 2013
Happy release day! One year after its initial release, the expanded version comes packaged with an illustrated hardbound lyric book. Tift Merritt commissioned the images from artist Diana Sudyka to help bring her words to life, packaged in a vintage book inspired by her travels and penchant for old fabrics, wallpapers and bookstores. In addition to Traveling Alone, bonus album Traveling Companion features 10 unreleased acoustic tracks, including Merritt originals and two covers from Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits, recorded this year in Brooklyn’s Mason Jar Music studio with guitarist Eric Heywood (The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo).
This special companion package comes in both CD and LP formats. The CD version includes the hardbound, vintage-inspired book with two CDs in swinging pockets bound within the book’s pages. The premiere vinyl LP version includes three 180-gram LPs that span both Traveling Alone and Traveling Companion, the hardbound lyric book and three custom postcards. Both come with a free digital download code insert, courtesy of the fine folks at Yep Roc Records.
Sep 17 2013