Tift Merritt - Album Release "Traveling Alone" with Chris Mills- 9/23

Sunday, September 23 2012 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
Sun Sep 23 2012

Tift Merritt - Album Release "Traveling Alone" with Chris Mills- 9/23

at City Winery New York City





"Traveling Alone" is a very special album for City Winery.  Tift wrote it in the mornings on our piano before opening.

Songwriter Tift Merritt is a North Carolina native who wanted to be a writer until her father taught her guitar chords and Percy Sledge songs.  Over the course of 4 studio albums, she has built a unique, uncompromising and critically acclaimed road of audio short stories. Emmylou Harris calls her a diamond in a coal mine. She has toured with Iron and Wine,  Nick Lowe, Andrew Bird  & Gregg Allman, appeared on Austin City Limits & Late Night with David Letterman,  been Grammy nominated for Country Album of the Year and nominated for 4 Americana Music Awards.  Currently at work on her fifth studio record, Traveling Alone, Tift also produces a handmade radio show, The Spark, a monthly conversation about process, integrity and making things, for Marfa, Texas Public Radio.

Tift lives in NYC with her husband who is also a musician.  If you can't find her, she has probably rented an apartment with a piano in a town where she doesn't know anyone and will be back before too long.


With the release of the decade encompassing retrospective Heavy Years: 2000-2010 (Ernest Jenning Record Company) long time fans have a new opportunity to trace Mills’ evolution from Chicago alt-country refugee to an astute purveyor of orchestral pop and true American song-craft, while the uninitiated may quite possibly be on the verge of discovering their favorite new songwriting voice.

By combining recent material with tracks from his four most recent albums, this collection gives testament to Mills’ consistent ability to wrap savvy commentary and emotional realism into mini-studio masterpieces. At turns slyly romantic and heartbreakingly cleareyed, Mills’ songs are packed with enough winks and asides to let the listener know that even though things seem tragic, at least they’re not alone.

In late 90’s Chicago, Mills rose to local prominence through collaborations with Mekons Jon Langford and Sally Timms, and on bills with acts like Steve Earle, Wilco, Neko Case, My Morning Jacket et. al. But while many would find comfort solely mining the rich soil of Americana music en vogue at the time, Mills was never completely at home within the genres somewhat narrow confines - perhaps first evidenced on tracks like “Signal/Noise”, the closing number on 2000’s Kiss It Goodbye, a post-modern homage to Phil Spector’s wall of sound masterminded by producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Josh Ritter, Iron and Wine).
Over the next decade Mills would travel constantly throughout the United States and Europe, developing a loyal following and touring with artists including Ben Folds, Andrew Bird, Califone, Bishop Allen, The Handsome Family, and Lucero. Heavy Years: 2000-2010 draws from the four albums he created during this period, and documents how Mills’ evolving production and musical ideas kept pace with his constantly developing song writing acumen.

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Mills is working on songs for his next project, tentatively titled, The Soldier Is The Castle.