UNC graduate and Grammy nominee Tift Merritt will be performing in Memorial Hall Friday. Staff writer Rachel Jensen spoke with Merritt about returning to her alma mater, her musical evolution and the sound of her new album, “Stitch of the World.”
The Daily Tar Heel: How does it feel to be performing in Chapel Hill again?
Tift Merritt: It always feels a little full circle. I started a band as a student. The Creative Writing and American Studies Departments were the places where my life started to make sense. Whenever I return home, I kind of take stock of where I’ve gone. This is also my last show for a while, so it’s important for a number of reasons.
DTH: How has your music evolved since you left UNC?
TM: That’s a big question. I don’t know that it’s a straight line. I definitely know how to ask questions and how to follow my questions more fiercely now. I always hope that my work deepens and widens, but it’s something that’s really intangible.