Merritt switches labels, records new music
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
– Tift Merritt is switching labels for her new CD. She is putting out "Traveling Alone" on Yep Roc on Oct. 2.
Merritt will tour North America throughout the summer and fall including dates with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Josh Ritter.
The album was recorded in Brooklyn with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Spoon) and features a guest appearance by Andrew Bird, Marc Ribot, Rob Burger (Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine, Rufus Wainwright), John Convertino (Calexico), Eric Heywood (The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo) and Merritt's longtime collaborator Jay Brown.
"I really wanted to make a record that was real and raw," said Merritt. "I wanted to put together my dream cast and see if I could hold my own with them."
"To me, Traveling Alone is about the roads on the inside - those places that are hard to see and not easy to send postcards from."
Songs on the CD are:
1. Traveling Alone
2. Sweet Spot
3. Drifted Apart
4. Still Not Home
5. Feeling of Beauty
6. Too Soon to Go
7. Small Talk Relations
9. To Myself
10. In the Way
"Traveling Alone" follows 2010 album "See You on the Moon."
Tour dates are:
June 27 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony*
July 18 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Hall %
July 19 Kent, OH Kent Stage %
July 22 Wichita, KS Orpheum Theatre %
July 25 Denver, CO Botanic Gardens %
July 26 Layton, UT Davis Arts Council %
July 28 Calgary, AB Calgary Folk Festival
July 31 Fargo, ND Fargo Theatre %
Aug. 1 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota Zoo Ampitheater %
Aug. 3 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre %
Aug. 4 Bayfield, WI Big Top Chatauqua %
Aug. 15 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center %
Aug. 22 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theater %
Aug. 23 Knoxville, TN Bijou %
Aug. 24 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Botanical Garden %
Sept. 4-16 Bristol, TN Rhythm & Roots
Sept. 22 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Sept. 23 New York, NY City Winery
* with Josh Ritter
% with Mary Chapin Carpenter
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