AUK’s Chain Gang: Tift Merritt “Another Country”

Last week’s chain gang featured Jason Isbell which could have led on to something by the Drive-By Truckers, or maybe Drivin and Cryin, or maybe a dip into the wealth of talent produced by Dave Cobb. Instead the thread takes us to Jason Isbell’s 2017 UK where show attendees would have seen the diminutively built but gargantuantally talented Tift Merritt. Here she is below with a live version of the title track from her third album ‘Another Country’ – it’s a beauty.

Tift Merrit announces European autumn dates

On Friday Yep Roc Records released the digital deluxe version of the Limited Edition CD of Tift Merritt’s Stitch of the World which features three bonus tracks – “Stitch of the World” and “Something Came Over Me” which are acoustic duet versions of album tracks featuring Sam Beam, and “Day He Died” – a previously unreleased song which you can hear below.  Tift will be touring the UK and Ireland in October starting off with two headline shows and supporting Jason Isbell from 25th October in the UK and Europe.  Here are those dates. Continue reading “Tift Merrit announces European autumn dates”

Tift Merritt, The Lexington, London, 31st January 2017

The weather outside was frightful but in the bijou performance space upstairs at The Lexington things were positively steaming and swamp like – to the extent that Tift Merritt offered to share her backstage beers if the crush (and there was a crush) made it impossible to reach the bar at the back. This is the kind of gig that routinely gets the appellation “intimate” – which means that most of the audience were within mere feet of Tift Merritt who was accompanied only by guitar and pedal steel maestro Eric Heywood. Approaching the microphone – which had been left tilted up by the opening artist – emphasized the diminutive stature of Tift Merritt – something which not even boots with heels of at least a couple of inches were doing much to alleviate. Continue reading “Tift Merritt, The Lexington, London, 31st January 2017”