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Tift Merritt and her band The Carbines play a street date performance Tuesday, June 4 at the Record Exchange on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh to celebrate the release of Merritt's debut full-length, Bramble Rose. Although locals have been enjoying Merritt's alt-country tunes and clear, powerful voice since the local singer-songwriter emerged on the Triangle music scene in '98, to date the only recording available to Merritt fans has been her duets EP with John Howie and the Two Dollar Pistols and the "Jukejoint Girl" 7-inch. Merritt decided early on she wasn't going to rush when it came to putting out her first album; she was even approached by Durham's Sugarhill Records before deciding to go with Nashville-based imprint Lost Highway, home to such critically acclaimed artists as Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, and fellow homeboy Ryan Adams. With the label behind her and a monthlong headlining tour kicking off in June, Triangle fans are going to have to get used to the idea of sharing Merritt with the rest of the world. For now, you can join Tift and the band to celebrate their CD release Tuesday, June 4, 6 p.m. at Raleigh's Hillsborough Street Record Exchange. Call 838-9767 for details. --Angie Carlson

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