Merritt on stage in Silk Hope, NC in 2007.
|Birth name||Catherine Tift Merritt|
|Born|| January 8, 1975 |
|Origin||Raleigh, North Carolina, United States|
|Genres||Country folk, Americana, alternative country|
|Labels||Lost Highway, Fantasy, Yep Roc|
|Associated acts||The Two Dollar Pistols with Tift Merritt|
Catherine Tift Merritt (born January 8, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She has released seven studio albums, two for Lost Highway Records, two for Fantasy Records, and three for Yep Roc Records.
Merritt was born in Houston and grew up in Raleigh.She credits her father's eclectic taste in music as a major influence. At the age of 20, Merrit enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study creative writing.
Merritt joined a band called the Carbines and played small clubs in the cities of Chapel Hill and Raleigh.In 1998, the band released a 7-inch single, "Jukejoint Girl," and in 1999 the album The Two Dollar Pistols with Tift Merritt on Yep Roc Records.
In 2000, Merrit won the MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contestand in 2002 released her debut album, Bramble Rose . The record landed on the top ten lists for both Time and The New Yorker , and was called the best debut of the year by the Associated Press . While touring to promote Bramble Rose, Merritt opened for fellow North Carolinian Ryan Adams, who had helped her secure her first management and record contracts.
Her follow-up release, 2004's Tambourine , was produced by George Drakoulias and featured backing by Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Neal Casal and Don Heffington.[ citation needed ] The album was nominated for a best country album Grammy Award in 2004. She was nominated for Americana Music Association: Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year in 2005 Merritt's performance on Austin City Limits was released as a DVD on New West Records. A sold-out concert at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, was released under the title Home Is Loud that same year.
Released on Fantasy Records in 2008, Another Country featured guitarist Charlie Sexton. Merritt wrote the album in a Paris apartment. [ citation needed ]Paste magazine gave the album a four-star review. The song "Broken" was nominated for an Americana Music Award for Song of the Year. While touring England, Merritt recorded the album Buckingham Solo, which was released on Fantasy Records in April 2009.
Her EP, Please Break the Silence of the Middle of the Night, was released later in 2008.[ citation needed ]
Merritt has been the opening act for Joan Baez,Kris Kristofferson, and sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for then-Senator Barack Obama at his last campaign rally.
Merritt's album, See You on the Moon, was released in June 2010 on Fantasy Records.
The album "Traveling Alone" was released in October 2012, her first album released on Yep Roc Records.[ citation needed ]
Merrit's sound has been described as "sonic short stories and poignant performances."She has been compared to artists like Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris.
A review in The New Yorker praised herand The Wall Street Journal included her in a weekend feature on singer-songwriters, describing her as "in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Leonard Cohen".
In 2009, Merritt married Zeke Hutchins.They separated in late 2013.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
| US Country || US || US Heat || US Indie || US Folk |
|See You on the Moon||—||—||6||—||7|
|Night (with Simone Dinnerstein)||—||—||—||—||—|
|Traveling Companion (Traveling Alone expanded version)||—||—||—||—||—|
|Stitch of the World||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Home Is Loud|
|Love Soldiers On (Concert at the Historic Playmakers Theatre)|
|The Two Dollar Pistols with Tift Merritt|
|Please Break the Silence of the|
Middle of the Night
|2002||"Virginia, No One Can Warn You"||—||Bramble Rose|
|2003||"Trouble Over Me"||—|
|2004||"Good Hearted Man"||60||Tambourine|
|2010||"Mixtape"||—||See You on the Moon|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2002||"Virginia, No One Can Warn You"||Douglas Avery|
|2004||"Good Hearted Man"||Philip Andelman|
|2010||"Engine to Turn"||John Hulme|
|2013||"Only in Songs / Night and Dreams"|
|2004||47th Grammy Awards||Country Album of the Year – Tambourine||Nominated|
|2005||Americana Music Association||Album of the Year – Tambourine||Nominated|
|Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year – "Good Hearted Man"||Nominated|
|2008||Americana Music Association||Song of the Year – "Broken"||Nominated|
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