This week's music pick is a singer songwriter with an alt-country flair. Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Tift Merritt first cut a (mostly covers) EP with the band Two Dollar Pistols before striking out on her own with her first album Bramble Rose in 2002. That album, picked as one of the year's best by both Time Magazine and The Times (of London), featured the great "Virginia, No One Can Warn You" as its lead single. Here's the also spectacular video for the song (in craptacular YouTube quality):
(If you want to shell out $2 you can get a better quality version from iTunes.)
And yes, that video is one continuous shot.
She followed up with Tambourine, which was less country and more bluesy. No sophomore slump, it featured the singles "Stray Paper" and "Good Hearted Man."
In 2005 she released a live album, and in early 2006 was on Austin City Limits.
She writes, she sings, and she's stunningly beautiful. Oh, and apparently she also does improv comedy too!