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Tift Merritt brings along some new friends to play on latest tour

“That is really what I enjoy the most — the magic of really being in the performance, really having that music thing in the moment,” says singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.
“That is really what I enjoy the most — the magic of really being in the performance, really having that music thing in the moment,” says singer-songwriter Tift Merritt.
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Tift Merritt’s broken-down car inadvertently helped bring the band featured on her fifth album, “Traveling Alone,” closer together. For the album, released in October, Merritt put together her “dream band,” featuring guitarist Marc Ribot (known for his work with Tom Waits and Elvis Costello), Calexico drummer John Convertino, veteran pedal steel player Eric Heywood and Merritt’s own longtime bassist, Jay Brown. Although Ribot was a fan of Calexico, and Heywood was also friends with Convertino, ...


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