New music from a great Americana songstress
The New Yorker has called Tift Merritt "the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry. Emmylou Harris said she "stood out like a diamond in a coal patch." The first person she wanted to be like was Eudora Welty, and she's a Southern storyteller in song with few peers. In the words of Time, "Merritt’s achingly beautiful country-tinged tunes hark back to the musical work of Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Leonard Cohen." Tift comes to Michigan with a new Yep Roc release, "Stitch of the World," her sixth studio album. The songs on the album were written in the wake of several major changes in Tift's life. She workshopped the songs on "Stitch of the World" with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping in to him in an airport. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Tift was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Suitcase Junket, who is one-man band Matt Lorenz, opens.