Tift played a free outdoor concert with the on Labor Day eve with all songs rearranged for accompaniment by the NC Symphony . There wasn't a mandolin player in the whole symphony so none of the songs were from Bramble Rose. The timpani player from the symphony played tambourine on first half of "Tambourine".
The emcee announced to the hometown crowd that the song "Another Country" was being performed for first time in public, although the review of the South by San Jose show on this site makes me question his claim. False claims or not, "Another Country" is a magnificent song - somewhere between the intimacy of Bramble Rose and the confidence of Tambourine. Lyrically the gist of the song is: "Love is another country - take me there". I'm often a harsh critic, even of Tift's songs, but "Another Country" felt like a new crush, one that hit me in the solar plexus. The arrangement was Tift on piano, a violin, and a cello (?). It will never get airplay (too long, no format), but radio is so 1985.
Given that it's the title song to her upcoming CD and that her past title songs have set the tone, I'm expecting some fantastic things.
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