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Tift Merritt

First Kisses of Rock + Lit

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Radio Silence is full of great writers chronicling musically-induced epiphanies and musicians recounting ecstasies bred by verse and prose. Fans of both will feel giddy at this blurring of the lines between artist and audience.

Simone Dinnerstein, Classical Pianist, & Tift Merritt, Folk Rocker, Forge An Exciting Collaboration

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

When I first met Tift Merritt, I thought she was the girl next door. I said as much: "You seem like such a... oh... little sister... a nice kid. Can ...

Union Road: A Conversation With Diane Arkenstone, Plus Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt's 'Colors' Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The new album Night combines the talents of pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt on which they explore folk, rock and classical music.

Tift Merritt: She Looks Like the Girl Next Door. But When She Sings...

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 12.02.2012 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Another Country made me hopeful about a singer I knew nothing about. Tift Merritt's songs were smart and soft and deep, and she had a honey voice that a country singer would kill for, and, on the CD cover, she was beautiful in a girl-next-door way.

On the Culture Front: Krapp's Last Tape, John Schaefer Celebrates 30 Years, Private Lives and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.13.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Sometimes theater thrives on the simplest pleasures. A couple actors on a bare stage. This was the case at the last event for Carnegie Hall's young donor group, the Notables.

Music: Teddy Thompson Shines at City Winery

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

2011-03-19-teddy.jpgPoor Teddy Thompson. The New York Times calls him "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation."

Dog Ears Music: Volume Twenty-Six

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

My Morning Jacket is Americana-flavored old-school rock 'n' roll. The title Remnants is nostalgically brand new. Do play it loud.

MUSIC TO OUR EARS: The Secrets of Songwriters | JOHN JURGENSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

It's close to midnight in a Manhattan recording studio, and a songwriter is listening to a work in progress, one that he hopes millions will soon know...

The Art of the Mixtape

Joseph Vella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

I recently interviewed the immensely talented singer-songwriter Tift Merritt for a boomitude podcast.

Play > Skip: New Music for June 1

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Maybe I just can't handle the crash from last week's musical high, but this week is a bust. I'll stick with angry old British mod Paul Weller. Skip ahead to check him out. Then play a couple of others included in this week's roundup that are worth a listen.

Tift Merritt Gets Personal About Love, Loss and ... Anne Murray?

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Whether she's mourning the loss of her grandmother or recalling the sudden death of a childhood friend on the title cut, Merritt writes what she calls "elemental and simple" lyrics that get to the heart of the matter.

Oil and Music: Conversations With Steve Forbert and Tift Merritt

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Steve Forbert discusses his apropos single "The Oil Song," originally released in 1979, and Grammy nominee Tift Merritt describes her songwriting process.