Tift Merritt @ the Southgate House (9/12/08)

I’ll be honest with you.  Half the reason I went down to Newport to hear Tift Merritt perform was so I’d have an excuse to wear my fancy new western wear shirt out in public.  There aren’t a lot of places around here where I’d be comfortable wearing such a thing.  The Southgate House is pretty much it.  Of course, the other factor influencing my decision to go down was the fact that Tift Merritt’s Another Country is one of my favorite albums of the year.  It’s a great recording all the way through and has some beautiful cover art.  I highly recommend it.

Tift Merritt @ the Southgate House (9/12/08)

(Another Country)

But anyway, I thought I timed things so I’d miss the opening act, but that didn’t work out.  I showed up just a few minutes after Matthew Ryan and his band took the stage.  I remember he got some good press when May Day was released in 1997, but I never bothered buying it or any of his other studio albums.  I didn’t even know he was still around.  My loss, though, as I was impressed with his performance.  I would’ve bought a recording from him, but he and his band left the venue before I had a chance to get down to the merch table.  I’ll definitely add him to my list.

Tift Merritt came on after the break and she put on a great show.  She played 9 of the 11 songs off Another Country.  It’s the only one of her records I own, so I was happy that I recognized a lot of the setlist.  I found that I liked the songs I didn’t know at least as much as the songs I did.  I was particularly impressed with “Supposed to Make You Happy” off Bramble Rose (2002) and “Good Hearted Man” from Tambourine (2004).  I’ve been trying to cut back on new music purchases lately, but she’s not making it easy for me.

I was also very impressed with the song that ended the show.  It was sung in French, but it wasn’t “Mille Tendresses” from Another Country.  It was a completely different song.  Tift translated the lyrics for us before she sang and it was such a sweet, sad song.  I’d really like to track it down.

As always, here’s the setlist:

Main set: Morning Is My Destination/Something to Me/Stray Paper/I Know What I’m Looking For Now/Another Country/Hopes Too High/Supposed to Make You Happy/Keep You Happy/My Heart Is Free/Broken/Tender Branch/Late Night Pilgrim/When I Cross Over

Encore: Good Hearted Man (solo)/Laid a Highway/unknown French song

And I think I’ll close out with something of a side note.  I was pretty happy with my evening until I made it back out to my car and found that I had a parking ticket.  I’ve been parking on the exact same street since the late 90s and I’d never gotten a ticket before.  The parking meters used to stop at 6:00, but now they run until midnight.  Those bastards running Newport are sneaky.  I’ll be sure to feed the meters when I go back down for next month’s Old 97s show.

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7 Responses to Tift Merritt @ the Southgate House (9/12/08)

  1. crankypants says:

    forgive me for laughing at you getting a parking ticket. Methinks someone jinxed himself by making fun of me, and I realize I have just probably done the same to myself for tomorrow night unless the universe allows for just leaving things even.

  2. M-----l says:

    Yeah, I thought of that. This was my first parking ticket ever and I blame it entirely on you. Please send me $20…which, by the way, is the exact same amount they charge for parking in a handicapped spot.I hope your Paul Weller experience is 100% ticket free.

  3. crankypants says:

    Ohhhhh no. Blame yourself, bud. That's what you get for making fun of me. and for parking in a handicapped spot. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  4. M-----l says:

    No, no, no! I didn't park in a handicapped spot. What kind of sick person do you think I am?! I parked in a regular spot. I was just pointing out that the City of Newport charges the same amount for the two offenses…or maybe it was $5 more the handicapped spot. I can't really remember.

  5. homebody says:

    I do hope you feed the meter for the Old 97s show. I wouldn't want the parking ticket to take away the beer money you'll probably need for that show. (I love the Old 97s, mind, but they are even more fun with beer.)
    Did you happen to jot down any of the translation from the French song?

  6. M-----l says:

    I've only drunk a total of about 3 or 4 beers at shows in my entire
    concert-going career. My setlist handwriting is illegible enough as it
    is. I'd hate to see it under the influence. I think Old 97s might be
    fun with beer, though. I might have to experiment with that. Maybe we
    can get my brother to drive. He can drink 20 beers and nothing happens
    to him. I drink two and I'm up on the stage taking over the mic.No, I didn't write down any of the translation. It made me too weepy to write.

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