Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt's new album, Traveling Alone, is leisurely and ethereal—characteristics often assigned to the music of Emmylou Harris. But unlike Harris, the ultimate hired gun, the pretty, diminutive Merritt is best cast center stage, where her instrumental dexterity can be appreciated to its fullest. When she played the Tractor in 2010, the enthralled crowd included Zoe Muth, KEXP's Greg Vandy, No Depression's Kyla Fairchild and Chris Zasche of The Head and the Heart. If a musician's talent can measured based on the credibility of those who come to hear her, then Merritt's is of the highest caliber. With Amy Cook. MIKE SEELY

Tue., Oct. 16, 8 p.m., 2012

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