the only chords you need to know
Southern Pines, NC (Vocus) March 23, 2010
The Arts Council of Moore County, NC and Moore County Historical Association are proud to present Tift Merritt in concert at the first-ever Palustris Festival on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8 p.m. at R.E. Lee Auditorium on the campus of Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, NC. Tickets are $25 each and available online at http://www.PalustrisFestival.com, at any First Bank location in Moore County, the Campbell House (482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines), or by calling 910-692-ARTS (2787).
Tift Merritt is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and recording artist whose music defies categorization. Her uniquely satisfying stew of rock and roll, soul, folk and country has record stores scratching their heads and audiences dancing in the aisles and telling their friends.
Born in Texas, Tift grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father taught her “the only chords you need to know,” and his Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton records were part of her childhood. After high school she waited tables, gigged around North Carolina, went to New York City, and at her mother’s urging came back to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in college she met Zeke Hutchins, who encouraged her to start a band and has been her drummer ever since.
In the early days, Tift sent out demos and press kits to every club she could from her post office box at the Bynum General Store, and she and the band drove all over North Carolina in their old van. With help from her friend and fellow North Carolina musician Ryan Adams, she got her first record deal, and her debut album Bramble Rose was released in 2002.
Tift quickly garnered high critical acclaim from Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and CNN. Her first two records landed on The New Yorker’s Top Ten List. Her TV appearances include Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. Tambourine was Grammy-nominated for Best Country Album, and the Americana Music Association nominated Tift for 2004 Album, Artist and Song of the Year.
“Broken,” the first single from her next CD, Another Country, parked itself at #1 on the Americana Airplay Chart for weeks, and was nominated for Song of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Another Country ended the year as the 5th most played Americana album of 2008, and wound up on best-of-year lists from Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, AllMusic, and Country Standard Time.
For the time being, Tift lives in New York City with her husband and drummer Zeke, and on the road.
With over 100 events scheduled for the 4-day event, the Palustris Festival has something for everyone. For additional information on Tift’s concert and the Palustris Festival, visit http://www.PalustrisFestival.com.