Danny Burns Taps Tift Merritt For “Human Heart”

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Irish singer-songwriter Danny Burns has a hell of a guest roster on his forthcoming debut album North Country, due out via Bonfire Recording Co. on January 18. Among that roster — which also includes Mindy Smith, Holly Williams and Sam Bush — is Tift Merritt, who joins Burns on new track “Human Heart,” premiering below.

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“Human Heart” is a fiddle-driven love song rooted in Americana rock and accented with lively bluegrass flourishes. Merritt joins Burns at the song’s choruses, complementing his road-worn vocals with honeyed harmonies.

“[‘Human Heart’ is] a love song, true to its name, and a journey to find the good ones,” Burns says. “I’ve been playing this live and it has been going down really well at shows. It was important to me to find the right folks to cut it with. I was doing an Everly Brothers tribute with Teddy Thompson at the City Winery in New York; that’s where I met Tift Merritt. I was already a big fan of her music, and I asked if I could send her the demo. Not only did she like it; she went in to cut it with Jeff Hill at Studio G in Brooklyn a few months later.”

Listen to “Human Heart” and see Burns’ upcoming tour dates below.

Danny Burns tour dates:
Sat, Jan 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
Mon, Jan 7 – Nashville, TN – City Winery Nashville
Fri, Jan 11 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle w/The Travelin McCourys
Mon, Jan 21 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
Tues, Jan 22 – New York, NY – City Winery NYC
Wed, Jan 23 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head
Thu, Jan 24 – Washington, DC – City Winery DC
Sun, Jan 27 – Boston, MA – City Winery – The Haymarket Lounge
Thu, Jan 31 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live

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