The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers just announced the lineup of its’ 18th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café. Running during the daytime from Jan 22 – 29, the esteemed event presents a fresh mix of rising and recognized talents, especially curated by ASCAP for the Sundance Film Festival. Tift Merritt will be a featured guest on Jan 23rd and Jan 24th. For a complete lineup of artists click HERE.
ASCAP Assistant Vice President and Sundance ASCAP Music Café producer Loretta Munoz commented: “Both ASCAP and Sundance Institute are dedicated to developing and supporting great art and the people that create it. The Music Café is always a highlight of our year”. Thank you ASCAP! Click HERE for the Official Press Release.
Jan 06 2016
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This week marks the two year anniversary of the release of the deluxe expanded edition of Tift Merritt’s beautiful & affecting album, Traveling Alone. Called “her best album yet” by The Wall Street Journal & The New York Times, the special expanded set comes packaged with an illustrated hardbound lyric book with art commissioned by Diana Sudyka. Available in CD and Vinyl box sets, the bonus album Traveling Companion features 10 unreleased acoustic tracks, including Merritt originals and two covers from Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits. It’s an astounding collection, we highly recommend picking it up!
You can catch Tift in concert this week on September 17 at Mountain Stage (Grand Marais, MN) and September 19 – Americana Music Festival w/Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, & Gillian Welch - at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN. On September 24th - Tift returns to the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love in Marfa, TX
In other Tift Merritt news, on September 25th, Capitol Records will release Cass County, Don Henley‘s first solo album in 15 years. The album features a cover of Tift’s 2004 tune “Bramble Rose” (w/guest vocalists Mick Jagger & Miranda Lambert) as the lead off track. Don Henley’s first ever taping of Austin City Limits will premiere on October 24. Ashley Monroe and Jamey Johnson join him on Merritt’s “Bramble Rose”.
Contact & Licensing:
“Traveling Alone” written by Tift Merritt. Published by Train Penny Publishing (BMI) administered by Measurable Music LLC/Downtown Music Publishing / contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org & Sean McGraw / email@example.com. Master controlled by Yep Roc Records / contact: Ryan Dimock / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 16 2015
This week’s Top Tune is a vintage, unreleased Tift Merritt track that happens to be one of our faves.
“It was part of our very first set of band songs and I played telecaster on it in the clubs.” remembers Tift. “I can remember writing it in the farmhouse where I lived out in the country with my dog. I had a piano painted red. I did not have a Cadillac, but I can remember the feeling of wanting to be someone’s race car. I like that idea”.
There’s one thing for sure, Tift Merritt is a cruiser. When she’s not on tour in support of her 5th critically acclaimed and most recent studio album, Traveling Alone (and its’ deluxe box set companion, Traveling Alone Deluxe Edition) you might catch her as a featured artist with classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein performing compositions from their intriguing lp, Night or often sharing a stage with Andrew Bird to boot.
Tift will be heading out on her first tour of Australia in April supporting Jason Isbell and will appear tonight at City Winery NYC w/Steve Earle. You can also catch her at Lincoln Center with Mary Chapin Carpenter & The New York Philharmonic on 2/28 & 3/1. For more tour dates and info click HERE.
Contact & Licensing:
“Cadillac” written by Tift Merritt. Published by Train Penny Publishing (BMI)/Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. / contact: Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org. Master controlled by Tift Merritt.
Feb 12 2014
This week’s Top Tune is a sweet & soulful track from Tift Merritt‘s 2010 album, See You On The Moon on Fantasy Records. We love this song. That’s Jim James from My Morning Jacket on harmony vocals. Speaking of harmony, Tift has teamed up with the great Andrew Bird on many occasions during her incredibly busy and fruitful year. Always a thing of beauty, you can hear them here or live and in person coming up on Andrew’s Gezelligheid Winter 2013 tour (dates below) as well as this coming Friday in-store at Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY.
Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, R.E.M., Neko Case, Spoon) produced ‘Moon’ as well as this past year’s critically acclaimed Merritt gem, Traveling Alone. The deluxe edition on Yep Roc Records could make the perfect gift this Holiday Season, we’re just saying. Hope to see you at one of these shows, you won’t regret it!
Tift Merritt Tour dates w/Andrew Bird:
Dec 6 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
Dec 9 - Fourth Presbyterian Church – Chicago, IL
Dec 11 – Fourth Presbyterian Church – Chicago, IL
Dec 12 - Fourth Presbyterian Church – Chicago, IL
Dec 16 – Congregation Sherith Israel – San Francisco, CA
Dec 17 – Congregation Sherith Israel – San Francisco, CA
Dec 19 – Immanuel Presbyterian – Los Angeles, CA
Dec 20 - Immanuel Presbyterian – Los Angeles, CA
Contact & Licensing:
“Feel of the World” written by Tift Merritt. Published by Train Penny Publishing (BMI) administered by Measurable Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com. Master controlled by Fantasy Records c/o Concord Music Group.
Dec 04 2013