After two studio and one live album and a DVD production, the young American singer, guitarist and songwriter Tift Merritt indulged a little break in Paris to relax there and gather new inspiration. Now she is back with their brand new
album "Another Country", which she recorded for Fantasy Records, back.
After a long, tube-end tour Tift Merritt took the view that they should take a break and traveled to Paris, where she initially slipped with friends and then again in the tenth arrondissement rented a private apartment with a piano. "The time there was wonderful, I could finally relax completely," she recalls. "I do not know how to explain what happened to me ... I can only say that the time flew by and I was treated absolutely wonderful of all people. I shot photos
. I wrote stories. I played the piano. I wrote songs. "And these songs turned them on their return to their third album" Another Country ".
Born in Houston / Texas 1975 Tift Merritt moved as a child with her parents to Raleigh (capital of the state North Carolina). For music she brought her father, her "taught all chords that you have to know" and they became familiar with the music of Bob
Dylan and Dolly Parton. While studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill neighboring she met Zeke Hutchins know who is their drummer today. Together they formed the band The Carbines with which they performed in small clubs around.
Published in 1999, Merritt, together with the band The Two Dollar Pistols, the very country-oriented EP "The Two Dollar Pistols Meet Tift Merritt". The derived also from North Carolina colleague Ryan Adams finally got the aspiring artist contacts with the record company Lost Highway, where they could release their real debut album "Bramble Rose" mid-2002. It landed straight away both at Time Magazine and the New York in the Top 10 list of the year. Your 2004 published second album "Tambourine", which was a track rocking and soulful than its predecessor, was for a Grammy in the category "Country Album of the Year" and showered by both the press and the fans with praise. The success gave Tift appearances in Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" and David Letterman's "Late Show" and gave her a chance to share the stage with Elvis Costello
, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson
, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and Nickel Creek at concerts. A year later appeared the captured in North Carolina live album "Home Is Loud". One for television recorded concert at the Austin City Limits Music Festival was finally released in October 2007 on DVD.
Now lie Tift Merritt, who celebrates her 33rd birthday on January 8, 2008, ie their third studio album entitled "Another Country" before. The songs are all from her pen, the production was in the hands of the eclectic George Drakoulias which i.a. already Albums of The Cult, the Black Crowes, the Jayhawks, Maria McKee, Primal Scream, Tom Petty
, the Wu-Tang Clan and Soul Asylum and Tift Merritt's "Tambourine" has produced. Recorded she has the eleven new songs with the musicians rehearsed their band (playing alongside drummer Zeke Hutchins in these years the bassist Jay Brown and keyboardist Danny Eisenberg) and guitarist Charlie Sexton and Doug Pettibone. Your alternative country roots does not deny that now lives in New York Tift Merritt this time, although they always allowed to flow also elements of pop and rock in their songs. By sung in French "Mille tendresses" she closes the album also with a charming homage to Paris and French chanson. "Another Country" is certainly her most kohärentestes in itself and at the same time personal album.