Chris Merritt and The Dirty Girls
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Chris Merritt and The Dirty Girls

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
Band Rock Alternative


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"Chris Merritt Goes Big"

I’m going to go big on this one, or I might as well go home.

I now know Chris Merritt. I’ve played a few shows with him, spent at least minimal chat time, talked about the Pixies and his commercial pilot dad’s temper and the lawnmower Chris had to push around back in the day. He’s told me that I am somewhat of an enigma to him, which is ironic because he’s still somewhat of an enigma to me. He can seem moody and distant. He can be engaging and captivating. He can perform his intricately arranged songs with his eyes closed, or he could forget the words to (or how to play a part of) my favorite song. These are the burdens that come with being as talented as this young man. When you’ve written over 1,000 songs and you’re under 30, it’s probably not easy to keep it all straight. There are only so many notes on a keyboard after all.
Here’s the big part. Chris Merritt has written more great songs at 26 than Ben Folds ever has or ever will.

I’m a huge Folds fan. He’s dripped his sweat on me in the orchestra pit of a show at Virginia Tech. I felt the hair creep up on my neck when watching him play with the West Australia Symphony at Perth (on DVD, not live, unfortunately). I cry when I listen to Whatever and Ever Amen. And god forbid if I say aloud that he could hardly hold Merritt’s jockstrap. This is sacrilege. And Chris is probably going to be mad at me now, but the cat’s out of the bag my friends.

Chris’ main “flaw” is that he may be too talented. There’s a lot going on in that head. There is some inhuman itch in those fingertips that must tap a new melody upon every rise of the sun. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out the good from the blah when you’re prolific and alluring and everyone tells you that everything is amazing. How does Chris take criticism? Does every track cut make the album? These are things I wonder when I see double albums and collections getting dropped out of the sky every 6 months. But make no mistake, there are treasures within.

It’s important to know that Chris Merritt will probably never be as popular as Ben Folds (deserving or no) and he’s probably tired of the comparison anyway. All I care about are these things: He plays piano. His heart resides firmly and permanently on his sleeve. His melodies and harmonies will move you. He deserves to be heard. Virginia is for Hoverers is as good a place to start as any. It’s mostly amazing. It’s as irrelevantly flawed as we all are, and totally perfect in its own ways. Musicians like Chris Merritt are the reason I started this blog.

I’ve been big and bold, if not rambling and incoherent so I’ll end on another big one. Maybe not everything Chris touches turns to gold. Just mostly everything. - Linesthroughlines

"Chris Merritt "Pixie and The Bear" Independent"

"...His voice and delivery draw you in to find out what happens next... His lovelorn Ben Folds-like tone captures that feeling better than words do..." - The Washington Post


Songs From Brokeland (2011)

Virginia is for Hoverers Part 2 (2010)

Virginia is For Hoverers Part 1 (2009)

Demos of NOD (2009)

Pixie and The Bear (2008)

Hello Little Captain (2007)



Chris Merritt is a piano driven rock quartet based in Brooklyn, NY. The song writing is centered mostly around subjects of progressive science and reasoning shown in the light of bitter honesty and quirky humor. The music features thick layers of vocal harmonies, counter lines, stand alone heart wrenching melodies....oh, and face melting piano solos. With an arsenal of over 1200 original songs, the group is one of the most prolific bands on the scene today.

In 2009 Brett Ripley (drummer/percussionist/arranger) and Chris Merritt (Pianist/ lead vocalist/songwriter) uprooted from Virginia and moved their efforts to Brooklyn. In New York, the duo joined with bassist, Robert McCullough, and Guitarist/auxillary man, Sunny Ratcliff (both also from VA) to flesh out their dream of the most perfect mixture of sonorities ever presented as a rock band.

In addition to winning first or second prize in every song writing competition they have entered, the group has opened for artists such as Ben Folds, David Bazan, and Hanson. Chris Merritt has also shared the stage with Marcus Roberts, Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five), Matt and Kim, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Reel Big Fish, Wycliffe Gordon (Wynton Marsalis), Chris Slade (AC/DC), and John Beasley (Miles Davis).

Currently the group is working on promoting and building a massive tangible fan base in NYC. Chris Merritt is also looking for the right manager, booking agent, and/or record label to join forces with and start presenting the thousands of recordings on hand to the masses.