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Mitch Kokai

06/06/2013 10:07 AM  

While we never would be able to exhaust the supply of great Tift Merritt live performances and outtakes that have not been released officially, we've noticed at headquarters that week-to-week interest in the 96-proof bootlegs has diminished. (One download in the past five weeks is a pretty clear sign.)

For that reason, we are shutting down the weekly posting of bootleg recordings to this website's downloads section. It's been a good run, ever since Phillip Reid posted a live, Tambourine-band cover of Van Morrison's "Comfort You" in November 2007. That track alone has been downloaded 267 times. Several others have attracted similar interest.

If you think the end of weekly bootlegs means bad news, here is some additional information that might help you feel better about the decision:

  • The existing bootlegs are going nowhere. You still can download them — for free — if you are registered at
  • Those who have not visited the "downloads" page will find performances of roughly 125 different songs. With multiple performances featuring different bands, different arrangements, and occasional guest appearances, about 300 distinct tracks are available.
  • While weekly postings are ending, that doesn't mean the end of bootlegs for this site. When we get access to a new song, a newly adopted cover version, or even a radical live reworking of a familiar tune, we will be sure to post the track at and draw your attention to it.

Plus there's no reason why bootlegs couldn't return to weekly status if the fans demand it. Boost the demand for downloads, and we'll crank out the supply.

In the meantime, please visit the downloads page and check out some of the great performances on tap from Tift, Jay, Zeke, Eric, Noah, Scott, Brad, Danny, Dave, Greg, and all the others who have rocked our world for so many years.


Mitch Kokai

06/06/2013 10:36 AM  

If you haven't visited the downloads page, you're missing bootleg versions of the following:


  • After Today
  • Ain’t Looking Closely
  • Ain’t The Kind You Like
  • All The Reasons We Don’t Have To Fight
  • Another Country
  • Another Man
  • Apres Un Reve
  • Are You Still In Love With Me?
  • At This Hour
  • Avalon Pier
  • Bar With The TV On
  • Bird of Freedom
  • Blue Motel
  • Bramble Rose
  • Broad Daylight
  • Broken
  • Cadillac
  • Come and Go Grace
  • Comfort You
  • Cowboy
  • Danny’s Song
  • Dark End Of The Street
  • Diamond Shoes
  • Dido’s Lament/Don’t Explain
  • Distant Way of Loving
  • Do Something Good
  • Drifted Apart
  • Engine to Turn
  • Evel Knievel
  • Feel Of The World
  • Feeling Of Beauty
  • Fourth Street Windowsill
  • Get Together
  • Ghetto
  • Golden State
  • Good Hearted Man
  • Grave On The Green Hillside
  • Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
  • Hard Times Come Again No More
  • Hopes Too High
  • I Am Your Tambourine
  • I Can See Clearly
  • If I Had My Way
  • If I Needed You
  • I Know Him, Too
  • I Know What I’m Looking For Now
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  • In the Way
  • I Shall Weep At Night
  • I Still Miss Someone
  • I Will Give My Love An Apple/Colors
  • Juke Joint Girl
  • Just Someone I Used To Know
  • Keep You Happy
  • Kindness (The Way, Way Down)
  • Laid A Highway
  • Last Day
  • Last Time I Lose My Man
  • Late Night Pilgrim
  • Lingering On
  • Live Till You Die
  • Longest Way
  • Lorraine
  • Lullaby
  • Marks
  • Mille Tendresses
  • Mixtape
  • Morning Is My Destination
  • My Heart Is Free
  • Neighborhood
  • Never Talk About It
  • Night
  • Night And Dreams
  • Night People
  • Nineteen
  • Only In Songs
  • Other Things
  • Over The Rainbow
  • Papercut
  • Plainest Thing
  • Quiet Cemetery
  • Real Good For Free
  • Real Good On My Own
  • Real Understanding
  • Same Four Chords
  • See You On The Moon
  • Shadow In The Way
  • Six More Days of Rain
  • Small Talk Relations
  • Something To Me
  • Southern Downtown
  • Spring
  • Still Not Home
  • Still Pretending
  • Stop The World (And Let Me Off)
  • Stray Paper
  • Sunday
  • Suppose Tonight Would Be Our Last
  • Supposed To Make You Happy
  • Sweet Spot
  • Tecumseh Valley
  • Tell Me Something True
  • Tender Branch
  • The Things That Everybody Does
  • Thirteen
  • Til I Kissed You
  • Time and Patience, Patience and Time
  • To Myself
  • Too Soon To Go
  • Train Song
  • Traveling Alone
  • Trouble
  • Trouble Over Me
  • Try Again
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Two More Bottles of Wine
  • Virginia
  • Walk Me Through The Night
  • Wasting Away
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • Wayward and Weary
  • What Will You Give Me In Return
  • When I Cross Over
  • Woman’s Heart
  • Worn Out World
  • Write My Ticket
  • Your Love Made A U-Turn
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