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Tift Merritt is coming to The Birchmere

 Tift Merritt no longer lives in the South but is still inspired by her Carolina hometown.
Parker Fitzgerald
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Date published: 10/4/2012

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"No one has asked me how my hair didn't turn gray during that week," Merritt joked, "but frankly, I was really nervous. I had to learn not to look back at each song and say, 'Hey, maybe we should put some sour cream frosting on that one.'"

At 37, Merritt has become one of Americana's biggest names, a leading lady in a genre that sometimes feels like a boys' club. She's self-sufficient, but she prefers the alchemy generated by a full band. That's what "Traveling Alone" is all about: being independent enough to stand on your own feet, but knowing you'll enjoy good company once you do.

"At the end of the day," Merritt said, "we are all traveling alone. We're accountable for our own lives and what we make of them. On the other hand, the sense of family and the beautiful friendships you have around you those are both so important. I know I can't travel without having that help along the way."

Andrew Leahey is an entertainer who usually writes in iambic pentameter.


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What: Tift Merritt and her band with The Pines Where: The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. When: Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25 Info: birchmere.com; tift merritt.com