Tift Merritt is probably best unknown for penning “Bramble Rose,” covered by Don Henley.
Stitch Of The World, Merritt's sixth studio album was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt's California cabin, and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life.
The result was an album of songs that are thoughtful and sensitive and personal.
Merritt work-shopped the songs on Stitch Of The World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine and recorded the record in LA.
With modern production and gorgeous melodies, the songs are stylistically grounded in Americana, roots and country with a lyricism that resonates carried by an emphatic but nuanced voice.
Folksy with hints of Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams thrown in, and the collaborations with Sam Beam are a welcome touch.
A limited edition initial pressing contains two acoustic bonus tracks.