91.9 WFPK presents
TIFT MERRITT w/special guest David Wax Museum
Sunday, February 10
8:30 pm / 8:00 doors
$12 / 21+
Country Soul, Americana
"...the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry," - The New Yorker
"I've always had a taste for traveling alone," TIFT MERRITT sings in the title track of her fifth album, and this time around, she got to prove it. From the 2002 solo debut Bramble Rose that put her on the Americana map forever to the acclaim from critics and awards orgs as well as her own heroes (like Emmylou Harris, who marveled that Merritt "stood out like a diamond in a coal patch"), Merritt is now a leading lady in her own right. Hardly one to hog the spotlight, though, she engages in dialogue with fellow artists of all disciplines on her public radio broadcast and podcast "The Spark With Tift Merritt," bringing in fellow sojourners ranging from Patty Griffin and Rosanne Cash to Rick Moody and Nick Hornby. For Traveling Alone, Merritt knew—and got—exactly the journeymen she wanted with her on this 11-track trip. As captured by producer Tucker Martine (known for working with the Decemberists, and one of Paste magazine's "10 Best Producers of the Decade") and mixed by three-time Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Freeland, the sound is both spare and luxurious. "Maybe I was bored with bells and whistles and wanted to go without them. It might have been that I didn't have enough money for bells and whistles," she quips. "But once you get in that sweet spot where things feel real and right, you just want to burrow down in that feeling. Nothing to hide behind, no distractions, no sense trying to be everything to everybody. There's a beautiful economy of motion in that place." Who wouldn't want to tag along?