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Tift Merritt Performs Bramble Rose Retrospective

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Tony Nelson
Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt is revisiting her 2002 solo debut Bramble Rose.  It made many year-end best-of lists at the time and has been covered by Eagle Don Henley.  Now Yep Roc records is re-releasing it on special limited edition vinyl and Tift will be playing all the songs from Bramble Rose at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro tonight.

"There’s something really sweet about taking a second to look back and that time is very tender and precious to me," says Merritt. "There also something very uncomfortable about it because creatively, I think you look back at your own work and … I wouldn’t say I’m too critical, but I am critical. I mean, It’s a little like looking at a picture of yourself as a teenager.”

The tenth anniversary of the album would have been 2012, which was a busy year for Merritt. She was releasing her album Traveling Alone, so she felt she had to put a retrospective on hold.

Merritt says Don Henley’s cover of "Bramble Rose" brought new life to the  song, and Yep Roc approached her about a fresh vinyl release.

Before making Bramble Rose, Merritt recalls writing a lot of short stories and prose. She says that was probably why many of the songs are about five minutes in length: They were short stories set to music.

“I have always thought of myself as a writer more than a musician. Maybe now, 14 years later, I have played enough gigs that that is different.”

Merritt's Cat's Cradle gig begins at 8:00 tonight.

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