Listen in to Tift Merritt’s performance from Sunday’s Newport Folk Festival, where she joined a host of folk, Americana and roots artists in Rhode Island. NPR is streaming the full show now on its website.
Tift Merritt was first known as a decorated country singer — her 2004 album Tambourine was even nominated for a Best Country Album Grammy — but the North Carolina native has spent the years since wandering down far-flung side roads. Merritt keeps finding ways to place literal and figurative distance between herself and Nashville: She’s lived in New York City and France, while exploring the sounds of folk, cosmopolitan pop and even classical music. Her most recent solo album, 2012’s Traveling Alone, examines her travels abroad, while this spring’s Night finds her collaborating with big-name classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein.
Hear Merritt perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, recorded live on Sunday, July 28 in Newport, R.I.
“Engine To Turn”
“Small Talk Relations”
“Train Song” (Tom Waits cover)
“Drifted Apart” (with Andrew Bird)
“Hopes Too High”
“Good Hearted Man”
“Still Not Home”
“Feeling Of Beauty”