August 15, 2016


Tift Merritt
Pieta Brown
Haley Bonar
Martha Scanlan
Charlie Parr






Martha Scanlan

The Only Thing



Little Bird of Heaven



The Shape of Things Gone Missing, the Shape of Things to Come


Haley Bonar

Bad Reputation



Last War



No Sensitive Man



Better Than Me


Charlie Parr

Remember Me






Over the Red Cedar



Funeral Road Blues


Pieta Brown

Letter in Hand



Flowers of Love



Station Blues



Street Tracker


Julie Adams

Summer Side of Life


Tift Merritt

Traveling Alone



Proclamation Bones



Small Talk Relations



Bramble Rose



My Boat


Larry Groce & Co.

I Know You Rider

Originally broadcast October 23rd, 2015



Press Release

Tift Merritt - After years of touring work with regional groups Two Dollar Pistols and the Carbines, this Texas-born, North Carolina-raised singer/songwriter burst on the alt-country scene in 2002 with her solo debut “Bramble Rose.” With an assist from fellow North Carolinian Ryan Adams, Merritt signed to Lost Highway Records and her 2004 release, “Tambourine” was nominated for a Grammy. After a Grammy nomination, and Top 10s in “The New Yorker” and “Time Magazine,” Merritt moved to Paris where she wrote the material for 2008's “Another Country.” She followed that with 2010's “See You on the Moon” and, in 2012, “Traveling Alone.” In 2013, she issued “Night,” which paired her with classically-trained pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and includes a mix of originals and covers like “Wayfaring Stranger” and Johnny Nash’s pop hit “I Can See Clearly Now.” Merritt also hosts “The Spark With Tift Merritt,” a Public Radio broadcast/podcast in which she has interviewed artists ranging from Patty Griffin and Rosanne Cash to Nick Hornby (who devoted a chapter to Merritt in his book “31 Songs”) and Rick Moody.


Pieta Brown - Described by uber producer Don Was as a “great singer/songwriter who possesses major star power magnetism,” Pieta Brown is an itinerant artist whose music has been shaped by her parents and her upbringing. The daughter of folk icon Greg Brown, Pieta was raised in rural Iowa with no furnace or running water. Years later, while living with her mother in Alabama, she began writing poetry and composing songs on piano. By the time she left home at 18, Pieta had lived in at least 17 different houses and apartments between Iowa and Alabama. Don Was first heard Pieta live on radio station KCRW which led to him produce 2009’s “Shimmer.” Since then, she has released a number of discs on the venerable Red House label, and opened for artists ranging from Mark Knopfler and Mavis Staples to J.J. Cale, Ani DiFranco, and Calexico. In 2014 she released “Paradise Outlaw,” which featured cameos by her father, Amos Lee and guitarist Bo Ramsey. 


Haley Bonar - In her relatively short career, singer/songwriter Haley Bonar has released nine recordings, with growing critical acclaim and mounting success. Based in Duluth, Bonar stays busy touring, playing festivals, capturing awards and artist grants, inventive video productions, placing song tracks on prime TV shows and popular film, appearing on myriad Best-Of lists - all while continuing to write and perform locally. In addition to all that, Bonar, something of a Renaissance woman, also heads up a theatrical “no/new-wave punkish side project” called Gramma’s Boyfriend. Her current release is titled “Last War.” 


Martha Scanlan - After being featured with the Reeltime Travelers on the T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack of the film “Cold Mountain in 2003, Martha Scanlan went on to win - in two categories - the prestigious Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest in 2004. Next came her solo debut, “The West Was Burning” and 2011's “Tongue River Stories.” Along the way, she has collaborated and shared the stage with a variety of roots musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Ollabelle, Black Prairie, Ralph Stanley and Norman and Nancy Blake. Her song “Little Bird Of Heaven,” was the centerpiece of celebrated American novelist Joyce Carol Oates’ book by the same name. Her current release, “The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come,” is the result of five years spent working and living on a 120-year-old small family cattle ranch in a remote corner of southeastern Montana. The release features producer and long time musical collaborator Jon Neufeld and fellow members of Black Prairie and the Decemberists, Dolorean and Amy Helm.


Charlie Parr - Raised on the classic folk and blues of Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, the music of Duluth singer/songwriter Charlie Parr is a throwback to that classic era of American music. Raised in Austin, MN - home to Hormel Foods and SPAM - Parr has been compared to Dave Van Ronk, Dock Boggs, and Tom Waits. Since 2002, Parr has issued more than a dozen recordings. In 2008, his song "1922 Blues," was used in a Vodafone commercial in Australia and New Zealand and became a surprise success. He has since enjoyed a number of successful tours and releases in Australia, where in 2010 three of his songs were used in the Australian western film “Red Hill.” His 2011 release of all-traditional tunes featured several guests, including his wife Emily and members of the indie group Low. After signing with Red House Records, Parr released “Stumpjumper” in 2015.