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Rock Picks: Get on the waiting list for Tift Merritt’s shows at UNC

Tift Merritt performs Friday and Saturday at UNC’s Historic Playmakers Theatre.
Tift Merritt performs Friday and Saturday at UNC’s Historic Playmakers Theatre. Yep Roc Records

Residing somewhere between Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt in the earth-mother universe of countrified space-blues is Tift Merritt, who makes records that effortlessly balance earth and sky. And after her decade-long sojourn in New York, it’s great to have Merritt back down here in the Triangle again in time for the release of her excellent new album “Stitch of the World” (Yep Roc Records), which is as deeply personal a record as she’s ever made. Merritt will give the new album its sendoff this weekend with shows Friday and Saturday nights at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Historic Playmakers Theatre.

Both shows are sold out, but there is a waiting list. Check carolinaperformingarts.org or call 919-843-3333 for details.

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