Tift Merritt – Traveling Alone (Yep Roc)

Drawing upon a rich tapestry of musical history, Tift Merritt has been one of the most consistent yet underappreciated singer-songwriters of her generation. Merritt’s music is rooted in the alternative country realm while her vocals can alternate between sounding incredibly fragile (as heard on Drifted Apart) while a track like the rambunctious Still Not Home recalls the same kind of muted vocal prowess that Emmylou Harris seems to be able to pull off with relative ease.