Tift Merritt

Meritt began her professional career playing small clubs in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. In 1998 she was part of a band called The Carbines, which released a single, "Jukejoint Girl" b/w "Cowboy", on the Oil Rig Recordings label. In 1999, she released a 7-song EP with the Two Dollar Pistols, led by John Howie, Jr. The EP featured two original songs and five covers.

In 2002, after signing with the Lost Highway label, Merritt released her debut album Bramble Rose. Her follow-up release, 2005's Tambourine, was produced by roots rock producer George Drakoulias and featured backing by Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell (of the Heartbreakers) and Don Heffington (of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band and Lone Justice). Tambourine was honored with a 2004 Country Album of the Year Grammy nomination. In 2005, Merritt and Tambourine were also nominated for three Americana Music Awards by the Americana Music Association: Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Good Hearted Man". It also produced her only chart single in "Good Hearted Man", which reached #60 on the country singles charts in the US.

Tift Merritt signed a new record contract with Fantasy Records on June 25, 2007 and recorded her third full-length studio album, Another Country, in L.A. with George Drakoulias producing in the summer of 2007. Another Country was released in Australia February 22, Norway February 25, February 26, 2008 in the U.S. and Canada.

Merritt recorded the follow-up to 2008's Another Country at Overdub Lane in Durham with producer Tucker Martine. The album, See You On The Moon, is set for a June 1, 2010 release through Fantasy Records. My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is featured on the track "Feel Of The World."

Merritt is also a photographer; her first gallery exhibition, Other Countries, ran at the new Mahler Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina in May of 2009. She also hosts an artist-to-artist interview radio show called The Spark with Tift Merritt which is produced by KRTS in Marfa, Texas.