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Tift Merritt heads out on tour with Justin Townes Earle, announces fall European and 2013 headlining dates

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After the release of her new album Traveling Alone, out now in the Yep Roc Store, Tift Merritt is touring North America in support of the new record. Dates include a fall tour with Justin Townes Earle before a February headlining tour throughout the east coast and southeast:

November 1 – Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre*
November 2 – Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre*
November 3 – Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls*
November 4 – West Long Branch, NJ Pollack Theatre at Monmouth Univ.*
November 5 – Burlington, VT Higher Ground*
November 7 – Portland, ME Port City Music Hall*
November 8 – Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth Music Hall*
November 9 – Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall*
November 10 – Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre*
November 11 – Westhampton, NY Westhampton Performing Arts Center*
November 13 – Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live*
November 14 – Blacksburg, VA Lyric Theatre*
November 15 – Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle*
November 16 – Charlotte, NC McGlohon Theatre*
November 17 – Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre*
November 19 – Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
November 20 – Göteborg, Sweden Pustervik
November 22 – London, U.K. Assembly Hall Islington
November 23 – Oxford, U.K. Bullingdon Arms
November 25 – Manchester, U.K. Manchester Ruby Lounge
November 26 – Edinburgh, U.K. Pleasance Courtyard & Theatre
December 2 – Oslo, Norway John Dee
December 3 – Stockholm, Sweden Nalen
December 4 – Göteborg, Sweden Pustervik
December 6 – Berlin, Germany Quasimodo
November 28 – Newcastle, U.K. Cluny
February 1 – Albany, NY The Linda Theater
February 5 – Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
February 7 – Evanston, IL SPACE
February 8 – Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
February 9 – St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
February 10 – Louisville, KY Uncle Slayton’s
February 13 – Dallas, TX The Kessler
February 14 – Austin, TX The Parish
February 15 – Houston, TX McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
February 20 – Knoville, TN The Square Room
February 21 – Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
February 22 – Atlanta, GA Terminal West
February 23 – Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
* with Justin Townes Earle

Her Yep Roc Records label debut continues to garner critical acclaim:

“The touch of sweet sadness in Tift Merritt’s voice has rarely served her better than it does on Traveling Alone.” – The New York Times

“restless, haunting songs” – NPR

“a thoughtful, soulful singer-songwriter in the country-rock mode” – The New Yorker

“Ms. Merritt put together what’s likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime group of musicians that gives her new compositions an undeniable drive and a distinctive personality…Traveling Alone is her best yet.” –  The Wall Street Journal

“Merritt’s achingly beautiful country-tinged tunes hark back to the musical work of Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Leonard Cohen.” – TIME

“Steel-laced country-soul only hints at the sublime charms of Merritt’s Traveling Alone.” – USA Today

Traveling Alone was recorded in Brooklyn with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Spoon) and features a guest appearance by Andrew Bird as well as performances by Marc Ribot, Rob Burger (Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine, Rufus Wainwright), John Convertino (Calexico), Eric Heywood (The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo) and Merritt’s longtime collaborator Jay Brown. “I really wanted to make a record that was real and raw,” notes Merritt. “I wanted to put together my dream cast and see if I could hold my own with them.” She goes on, “To me, Traveling Alone is about the roads on the inside—those places that are hard to see and not easy to send postcards from.”

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