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“Songstress Tift Merritt is a North Carolina native. Her father taught her guitar chords and Percy Sledge songs. With her longtime band, she has built a unique and critically acclaimed body of work of sonic short stories and poignant performances. In 2009, Tift married longtime collaborator Zeke Hutchins. They live in NYC. Tift loves surfing, singing with her longtime bass player Jay Brown, farmers’ markets, independent record stores, anything French, and thunderstorms. If you can’t find her, she has probably rented an apartment with a piano in a town where she doesn’t know anyone and will be back before too long.”

Tift and her band return to Pittsburgh tomorrow at the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter. My thanks to Tift for participating in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks, Tift. Looking forward to your show tomorrow. Your South Park gig several years ago was just so great!