Despite the award's legendary meaninglessness, being nominated for a Grammy can throw anyone for a loop. Suddenly, folks who would never give your record a look give it multiple listens; music-biz creeps start sniffing around, hungry for opportunity; forgotten high school chums emerge from the woodwork in search of a little of your surplus shine. As the dark-horse nominee in next month's race for Best Country Album (alongside commercial powerhouses Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, New Nashville upstart Gretchen Wilson and Old Nashville doyenne Loretta Lynn), alt-country firebrand Tift Merritt is trying not to... More >>>