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In this Articulate exclusive, Tift Merritt performs “Small Talk Relations” off her 2012 album, Traveling Alone, at the Stotesbury Mansion in 2019.

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Tift Merritt
Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt is a folk and country singer-songwriter. Her 2004 album Tambourine was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Album.

Merritt was born in Houston in 1975 and raised in Raleigh, NC. She started playing with a band, The Carbines, while studying creative writing at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Their EP The Two Dollar Pistols with Tift Merritt was released in 1999. Her first solo album, Bramble Rose (2002), was named the best debut of the year by the Associated Press and listed on year-end lists in Time and The New Yorker. In 2015, former Eagles frontman Don Henley covered the title track with Mick Jagger. Merritt has recorded six more albums, including the Grammy-nominated Tambourine in 2004 and See You on the Moon, which reached number 7 on the Billboard folk charts in 2010.

Known for her soulful storytelling, Merritt continues to tour and record. Her seventh LP, Stitch of the World, was released in 2017.