Friday, September 19, 2008

Psst—It’s Tift

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Grammy nominee Tift Merritt will play at The Grizzly Rose in Boise on Saturday, Sept. 27. Opening the show will be Seattle-based musician Darren Smith and Boisean Jeremiah James.

A unique musical stylist, Merrit has released three albums, all approaching varying elements of her experience.

Merritt's debut, "Bramble Rose," earned spots on both Time magazine's and The New Yorker's year-end Top Ten lists, while "Tambourine" was Grammy nominated for Country Album of the Year.

The latest, "Another Country," was written in Paris after many years on the road.

"Days were wonderful there," Merrit said. "I wore the same clothes nearly everyday. I would take a coffee in the street, say hello to the good people in the little wine store across from my door. I cannot explain what happened except to say that there were never enough hours in the day to write, and there was always kindness at hand. I took pictures. I wrote stories. I played piano. I wrote songs."

Fellow musician Emmylou Harris said the first time she saw Merrit she "stood out like a diamond in a coal patch."

Tickets to the show are $8 and can be purchased in advance at the Record Exchange or online at Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. The Grizzly Rose is located at 1124 W. Front St. in Boise.

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