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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.

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000066HQB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Virginia, No One Can Warn You (Album Version) 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. I Know Him Too (Album Version) 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sunday (Album Version) 6:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Supposed To Make You Happy (Album Version) 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Diamond Shoes (Album Version) 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Are You Still In Love With Me? (Album Version) 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. When I Cross Over (Album Version) 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 

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'...a brilliant new songwriter whose music is as fresh as it is classic.' No Depression says: '...a drop-dead gorgeous voice that can be brassy like Patsy Cline or soft-spoken lik Emmylou Harris'Medium 1
  1. Trouble Over Me
  2. Virginia No One Can Warn You
  3. Neighborhood
  4. Bird Of Freedom
  5. Bramble Rose
  6. I Know Him Too
  7. Sunday
  8. Supposed To Make You Happy
  9. Diamond Shoes
  10. Are You Still In Love With Me?
  11. When I Coss Over

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lara St. John on 9 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
Tift Merit's "Bramble Rose" starts off with the scratchy and slow "Trouble Over Me". The next track "Virginia, no one can warn you" bounces into midtempo. And just like a bramble rose, the songs bud and bloom, soar and sink...
Songs like "Supposed to Make You Happy" sung simply with guitar and vocal harmony do indeed make one happy while "Diamond Shoes" has you toe-tapping along to the country-rock rhythm. The slow and somber "Sunday" is a love song grounded in gospel and blues with Benmont Tench's trade-mark keyboards in the background while "When I Cross Over " could pass as a hymn.
The trouble with Tift Merritt's CD is that it sometimes sounds too familiar, almost as if shades of some of country-music's greats are weaving in and out of the sound waves haunting the songs with their presence... But then, this is part of Merit's attraction, that is, if one doesn't spend too much time playing "Spot the Original Song or the Singer".
"Neighborhood" is sort of Sheryl Crow doing one of her low-key mid-tempo Rolling Stones immitations. "Bird of Freedom" and "Bramble Rose" sound too much for comfort like a conflict-ridden Emmylou Harris during her depressive post-Graham Parsons phase. On the other hand, "I Know Him Too" is an Emmylou Harris singing and soaring with a joyfulness rarely heard. The weepy wailful question mark of a song,"Are You Still In Love With Me", is classic Patsy Cline leaving no doubt as to the woeful answer.

All in all, it is well worth taking trouble over Tift Merritt's "Bramble Rose". Tift Merritt's CD will grow on you, well just like a bramble rose...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "setnakht4" on 27 Mar. 2003
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I've given this five stars not just because it contains outstanding songs (and I have to admit to not liking them all), but also because the production is beautiful. Turn it up and listen to wonderful drum sound on 'Trouble' - fantastic, and not a 'live' sound heard too often these days, and not what you would expect from a country singer. She has a beautiful voice, albeit a 'country' one, and her songs mostly cross the line between country and rock, which is a bonus as far as I'm concerned. In fact, I like the album least when she's at her most 'country', on 'Are You Still' for instance.
'Trouble' is a great rocking song, and 'Sunday' is one of the best songs and arrangements I've heard. It strikes me that the best moments of this record are those that are the most maudlin and downbeat. Nothing wrong with that. 'Crossover', the album's closer, is another great song, but the content intrigues me. I've read on her website that she says it's about life changing, but to me the words 'when I cross over' can only have one meaning - departure from this life. Now that is maudlin!
It's a great record from a singer with a great future, if she can continue to plough this furrow. If you only buy one token country CD this year, make it this one. Her bank manager will agree!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Mcintyre on 7 July 2003
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In his short story Billy the Kid, Steve Earle spun the tale of a fresh-faced kid who arrived in Nashville with a handful of brilliant songs, cut a stone classic album, scored a record deal most musicians would give their eye teeth to get, and married the girl of his dreams, all in a few weeks before cruel fate caught up with him. While one can only hope the powers that be have a more generous final act planned for Tift Merritt, listening to her first album, Bramble Rose, is a reminder that such things could possibly happen in the real world. If Bramble Rose is a bit short of perfect, it leaves no doubt that Merritt is already a talent of the first order. As a singer, she has a simply gorgeous vocal instrument (imagine the passion of Lucinda Williams and the real-world twang of Iris Dement fused with the silky beauty of Emmylou Harris), and her songs are nearly as impressive as her vocals. At 27, Merritt's lyrical perspective speaks of the often-unfortunate twists and turns of fate, but without bitterness or spite, and she can jump from the wistful sway of "Virginia, No One Can Warn You" to the R&B-influenced bite of "Neighborhood" and back to the classic weeper style of the title cut without missing a step or ever sounding less than committed or convincing. Merritt also has the good fortune of having a superb backing band who support her songs with grace and impeccable taste, and producer Ethan Johns gets this music on tape with a sound that's at once intimate and comfortably wide open. It's difficult to imagine that an artist whose previous recording experience amounted to one self-released 45 and a split EP could turn in an album so strong and well-crafted, but it's even harder to imagine that listeners are likely to hear many debut albums nearly as good as Bramble Rose in the final six months of 2002, and by all rights this should be the first offering in a long and successful career for Tift Merritt.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. E. Edwards on 21 July 2002
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This album comes with a strong pedigree and some excellent musicians. It starts well and continues with strong songs that seem to catch you. An excellent album and well worth buying.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This "Rose" Has Thorns 21 Jan. 2003
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are so many young singer-songwriters out there these days working the alt.-country circuit that its easy for them to get overlooked. Unless they have talent that shines as brightly as Tift Merritt. "Bramble Rose" is not only one of the best country rock albums released in the past couple of years, but it places Merritt in such heady company as Stevie Nicks (in her prime) as a rock and roll woman to be reckoned with.
The first thing you notice is the outstanding sound of the album, courtesy of producer and guitar player Ethan Johns (who did such a fabulous job with the similar-sounding Linda Ronstadt-Emmylou Harris collaboration from a few years ago). The next thing that strikes you is what an amazingly beautiful but husky voice Merritt possesses. Combine that with the fact that she wrote all of these songs herself and you have a MAJOR emerging talent on your hands. The highlights here include "Trouble Over Me," "Virginia..." and the lengthy "I Cross Over" that closes things, but there is nary a bad track in the mix.
Overall, an outstanding debut album from an artist that we'll be hearing about for a long time to come.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Slow Fuse 23 Jun. 2002
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tift Merritt's "Bramble Rose" is an excellent CD. I had read the hype and grabbed a copy from the cart before the store had even gotten it shelved. To be honest, this CD didn't grab me the way Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and Iris DeMent did when I first heard their work. The hype made me expect that. Throw out the expectations and give the music a chance to work on you. It gets sweeter and sweeter.
Merritt's pretty voice is expressive on what I feel is the strongest track, the opener. "Trouble Over Me" starts slow and breaks out on the chorus, "Don't treat me bad," Tift wails and then gets soft, "Paper truth in strings, hearts and broken things, love goes for quite a price." The midtempo "Virginia, No One Can Warn You" has a pretty melody, "With your heart so big, it don't know what to do." "Neighborhood" is another great midtempo track, a playful tune. With her voice reminding me of Louise Goffin, Tift sings, "Baby, you can't run round; Honey, it don't look good." "Bird of Freedom" is a slow stately tune that you can picture Emmylou Harris covering. The music builds on the chorus and the lyrical images are intriguing like "shadowboxing a thunderstorm." Pedal steel wails and one feels a heart in conflict with a sense of longing on the title track, "The rain's got me thirsty, falling wasteful & slow; I'm restless enough; I'm so scared to go." "I Know Him Too" is a song of rapture & infatuation, "Tonight, no one can tell you." "Sunday" is a track I love & hate. Tift's most passionate singing is here with great resonance in her voice; the little tremble on the notes she holds onto is brilliant. At the same time the performance is stellar, the melody hasn't particularly grabbed me. "Supposed to Make You Happy" is a sweet tune with a simple chorus and acoustic guitar. Greg Reading's nice harmony vocals make you feel like you're sittin' on a porch in the country listening to the girl & her guitar. "No one can win a heart like yours, but damned if he ain't trying," is a peppy toe tapper called "Diamond Shoes." Zeke Hutchins adds a great deal on drums. "Are You Still In Love With Me" is a country weeper that will bring Patsy Cline comparisons. The CD concludes with the hymn-like dirge "When I Cross Over." Merritt's CD is excellent, one you need to let unfold. Her songwriting is lyrically excellent. Come & see!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An excellent debut! 22 Jun. 2002
By Kori Frazier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Imagine that Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and Lucinda Williams get together to jam. About halfway through the session, Caitlin Cary and Sheryl Crow arrive and join in. They are later joined by two visitors from rock and roll heaven, Patsy Cline and Dusty Springfield. The result? Tift Merritt's astonishing debut album, BRAMBLE ROSE.
If you are a fan of any of the above artists, you are absolutely required to click the BUY NOW icon on this page. While a good many excellent albums have been released thus far in 2002, this may be the best debut the music world has had the pleasure of hearing. The album contains a delightful combination of folk, rock, and traditional country influences that any music fan will find pleasing, and eleven gorgeous songs enhanced by Tift's lilting and gorgeously airy voice. The range of her extraordinary talent is heard in the opening cut, "Trouble Over Me," the influences of Emmylou and Caitlin can be heard in the hauntingly lovely "Virginia, No One Can Warn You," and the bluesy ballad "Bird of Freedom" gives this amazing artist a chance to showcase her amazing voice. On the heavily country influenced "Are You Still in Love With Me" and "Diamond Shoes," you can almost hear the voice of Patsy Cline, while the uptempo number "Neighborhood" shows a more rockin' side of Tift's music. The true standout of the album, though, is the final track "When I Cross Over," a beautiful song full of sheer emotion and talent.
Tift Merritt's BRAMBLE ROSE is an amazing debut album showcasing the phenomenal talent of one of music's finest rising stars. In this day and age when traditional country and folk music seems to be receiving a surge in popularity, I am hopeful that this tremendous talent will receive the attention she so well deserves. Buy this CD and prepare to be moved.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Best Debute 2 April 2004
By "stormy3" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tift Merritt's Bramble Rose is the most complex female country music album since Trish Yearwood's Real Live Woman. This is not a teenaged girl falling in and out of crushes like so many so-called strong women of the day. This is a woman who happens across men, considers the possibility of a relationship with them, then feels her way through the rest of life. "You're not my boyfriend/I don't want a boyfriend" she asserts in the first line of "Trouble Over Me," "I don't want you for life/but don't we get along fine." The rest of her album explores life and love in much this same way.
This is a real woman, a complex woman, one with a life and friends as well as a man. She lays it out to a male friend/possible love interest in "Neighborhood," "Honey you don't look good/baby you can run 'round with just anybody in the neighborhood." However, she advises her friend to go after love in Diamond shoes "No one can win a heart like yours/but damned if he ain't tryin'." Perhaps the strongest cut on the album is "Sunday" a tribute to the day of lounging in bed and visiting your mother. "Supposed to Make You Happy" is a heart wrenching look at relationship failure. In the middle of songs like "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" Merritt offers "Bird of Freedom," which explores rather than asserts patriotism. However, it is perhaps in the title track when she gives all of us, to borrow a Susan Werner phrase, last of the good straight girls, a new song about, "a real good woman, nobody knows."
Tift Merritt has earned a number of comparisons to Emmilou Harris. Part of it is she has a similar whispy, etheral country/folk voice. Another part of it is her ability to mix genres and still come out sounding distinctly country. However, comparing her to Emmilou Harris is like comparing Allison Moorer to Tammy Wynette. Both may bring to mind their heriones of old, but each has a sound that will always be their own.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Too good to be true... 20 Nov. 2002
By JBT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As an avid music fan of all types, I can write without reservation that this is the BEST cd of 2002 hands down....and the year isn't even over yet. Tift Merritt shows you everything she's got on the first track "Trouble Over Me" sounding like Linda Ronstadt in her prime in the 70's. From there it just never stops -- great writting, musical arrangements and production. Of course this cd is too mature and intelligent to find it's way to the masses and a talent like Miss Merritt will only slow build over time with critical praise and word of mouth. GET THIS CD!
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