Tift Merritt to Release Stitch of the World

We cover Tift Merritt’s new release Stitch of the World


Tift Merritt – Mesa Verde, Melbourne (Aus) – photo Jim Jacob

Tift Merritt

New Album

‘Stitch of the World’

By Rob Dickens

Grammy-nominated artist Tift Merritt’s new album Stitch of the World will be released January 27 2017 on Yep Roc Records.  You can listen to two tracks from the album – ‘Dusty Old Man’ here and ‘Love Soldiers On’ here.

Stitch of the World, Merritt’s sixth studio album, was written on a friend’s farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt’s California cabin and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life.  Merritt work-shopped 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 Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.

The time since the release of Traveling Alone (2012) has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird’s Hands of Glory, MC Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein.


Merritt’s forthcoming tour will include select dates on Hiss Golden Messenger’s tour as both a special guest, and playing as a member of frontman Taylor’s band.  Taylor says, “Long before I knew Tift Merritt as a friend, her voice and songs were a constant companion to me all over the world, in times of dark and light. Her songs are real and wide open and deep. Her voice is as heavy as any I’ve ever heard and I’m thankful it exists in this world.”

See full list of tour dates below.

Raised in North Carolina, Merritt has released five full-length albums and two live records, including a recent reissue of her debut album Bramble Rose earlier this year.  The New Yorker has called Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.”  Emmylou Harris calls her a diamond in a coal mine.  She has performed with the NY Philharmonic and toured with artists as varied as Iron & Wine, Jason Isbell, Elvis Costello and Gregg Allman.  Her 2004 release Tambourine was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Album as well as three Americana Music Awards.  Don Henley covered Merritt’s song ‘Bramble Rose’ to open up his first solo album in fifteen yearsCass County.

Preorder Stitch of The World here.



Merritt with Eric Haywood – photo Jim Jacob


*as Special Guest and with Hiss Golden Messenger band
†with Hiss Golden Messenger band
November 5
Minneapolis, MN
Turf Club*
November 6
Chicago, IL
Old Town School*
November 15
Brooklyn, NY
Music Hall of Williamsburg*
November 18
Carrboro, NC
Cat’s Cradle†
December 4
Charleston, WV
Mountain Stage – Culture Center Theater
January 20
Raleigh, NC
Playmaker’s Theater
January 21
Raleigh, NC
Playmaker’s Theater
February 22
Baton Rouge, LA
Red Dragon Listening Room
February 23
Houston, TX
Dosey Doe
February 24
Austin, TX
February 25
Dallas, TX
Three Links
February 27
Oklahoma City, OK
The Blue Door
March 1
St. Louis, MO
Blueberry Hill
March 3
Louisville, KY
KCD Theater
March 4
Nashville, TN
City Winery
March 5
Atlanta, GA
City Winery
March 28
Alexandria, VA
The Birchmere
March 29
Philadelphia, PA
World Cafe Live
March 31
New York, NY
City Winery
April 1
Albany, NY
Linda Theater
April 2
Cambridge, MA
Club Passim (Early & Late Show)
April 5
Ann Arbor, MI
The Ark
April 6
Evanston, IL
April 7
Milwaukee, WI
Shank Hall
April 8
Minneapolis, MN
Cedar Cultural Club


We cover Tift Merritt’s new release Stitch of the World



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