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Tift Merritt – Broken

“Her wonderful voice, smooth and warm with throaty twang and unforced power, has free rein to do what it does best on 11 fine new songs.”

So said Mojo Magazine on this week’s Top Tune, one of our faves from Tift Merritt‘s third album, 2008′s Another Country. The album was a bit of a departure from the Southern Soul style of her two previous albums. After years of near constant touring, Tift took a winters-long hiatus to an apartment in Paris to breathe in the air and explore. The result was described as a tender and melodic collection of ‘deceptively sharp tales of hearts in distress’. An album of freedom and intimacy.

Broken was nominated for Americana Song of The Year and you can watch the video HERE.

Tour updates: fresh off the heels of a sold-out tour of Australia with Jason Isbell, look for Tift as a featured member of Andrew Bird’s new band, The Hands of Glory. They will tour all summer long with a stop at Central Park Summerstage – NYC on July 8th and capped off by a solo show with Eric Heywood on pedal steel - Aug 7th - Americanafest NYC - Lincoln Center Out of Doors. In film news, Tift wrote songs for the animated film, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return opening this Friday (starring Dan Aykroyd, Hugh Dancy, Lea Michele, Jim Belushi) and we recently had the pleasure of crashing her scoring session for an independent short film called An Illusion in Red and White. The film is based on the short story by Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage) and the score is a stunner. Check out the kickstarter page HERE.

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Contact & Licensing:
“Broken” written by Tift Merritt. Published by Train Penny Publishing (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. / contact: Sean McGraw / Master controlled by Concord Music Group.

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Tift Merritt – Good Hearted Man

This week’s Top Tune comes from Tift Merritt‘s superb sophomore major label album: 2004′s Tambourine. Tift’s immaculate songwriting plus a deft touch by producer George Drakoulias brought a vintage Memphis Soul sound to the Billboard Country Single‘s chart that year with this instant Southern-Americana classic.

Tift & crew assembled an all-star cast of supporting musicians and singers on this Grammy-nominated album, including Mike Campbell, Neal Casal, The Texicali Horns (Jospeh Sublett, Darrell Leonard, and Gregory H. Smith), and The Good Hearted Women Singers (Maxayn Lewis, Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, and Margaret Fowler), Don Heffington, Patrick Warren, Gary Louris, and Maria McKee.

You can check out the video HERE.


July 1 – London Purcell Rooms (w/Simone Dinnerstein)
July 4 – Brighton – The Haunt
July 5 – Bristol – Thelka
July 6 – Birmingham Temple
July 7 – Cornbury Festival – Oxford
July 8 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
July 10 – Glasgow – Oran Mor
July 11 – Manchester – Ruby Lounge
July 12 - London Hyde Park – British Summer TIme Festival (w/Elton John, Ray Davies, Elvis Costello).

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Contact & Licensing:
“Good Hearted Man” written by Tift Merritt. Published by Train Penny Publishing (BMI) administered by Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / Original Master controlled by Universal Music Group /

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