Grammy Award-nominated artist Tift Merritt releases her highly-anticipated new album, Stitch of the World, today on Yep Roc Records. The album continues to receive widespread critical acclaim.
Stitch of the World, Merritt’s sixth studio album, was written on a friend’s farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt’s California cabin and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. Merritt workshopped the songs on Stitch of the World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping in to him in an airport. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.
The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt recently joined Hiss Golden Messenger on select dates of their tour last fall as both a special guest, and playing as a member of frontman MC Taylor’s band. Taylor says, “Long before I knew Tift Merritt as a friend, her voice and songs were a constant companion to me all over the world, in times of dark and light. Her songs are real and wide open and deep. Her voice is as heavy as any I’ve ever heard and I’m thankful it exists in this world.”
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