Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tift Merritt's new live album "Buckingham Solo"

Tift Merritt is a critically acclaimed and some would say under appreciated singer/songwriter who has released three excellent studio albums so far. You can check out some highlights from those records as well as download an acoustic radio performance in a previous post on this blog right here.

Tift's latest recording is the live album Buckingham Solo. For this record, Tift chose to release a solo performance from the Radcliffe Center, a converted church in Buckingham, England on November 29, 2008. Alternating between piano and guitar, Tift performed many songs from her last album Another Country as well as tracks from her first two records, in every instance improving on the original full band recordings of these great songs.

This was especially evident in the subtle, sparse treament she gave to her very first single "Trouble Over Me."

Tift Merritt - Trouble Over Me

The best moment of the record came when Tift took the piano to perform a beautiful rendition of George Harrison's classic "I Live For You." Cover songs don't get any better than this.

Tift Merritt - I Live For You

Tift Merritt is playing a dozen or so dates in the US this summer including the Newport Folk Festival. Check here for details.

Download Tift Merritt's Buckingham Solo from

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