Sunday night at the Merc this week was special. In a time when touring musicians are seen as a rarity, the Mercury Lounge welcomed Jesse Daniel and Jodi Lyford to the stage. The set was a mixture of songs off of Jesse’s two albums, some choice Buck Owens covers and a few new songs, including one he wrote with Nicholas Foster called “Looking Back”. Although Jesse’s previous show at the Merc was full band, this time it was Jesse and Jodi in a stripped-down, acoustic format that those in attendance seemed to enjoy. Favorites like “ SR-22”, “California Highway and “Soft Spot (For the Hard Stuff)” had those in attendance singing along with the duo on stage. Bantering with those in the crowd about bad drivers, liking alcohol too much in his younger days and weaving in the stories behind the songs, Jesse kept the audience engaged and interested, not always an easy feat.
Opening the show for the night was Jacob Tovar, well known for his great covers of classic country and western songs with original tunes and was joined by John Fullbright on the accordion. The first song in Tovar’s set, “Three Good Reasons” seemed more than fitting for a hot, summer evening. One of the best parts of the set was the story of a drunken Tovar trying to ride a horse the previous evening and failing miserably. “When a Solider Knocks”, “Tips and Beer” and a cover of Wink Burcham’s “Cleveland Summer Nights” were all part of Tovar’s set. You can catch Jacob Tovar most Tuesday nights at the Mercury for Honky Tonk Tuesdays.
Sunday night resident musician, Mike Williams played an abbreviated set, as his guitar string broke early on and then decided instead of subjecting the audience to watching him change it, he jumped off stage and told the crowd they’d be seeing Jesse and Jodi earlier than anticipated. Come catch a full set from Mike on a Sunday night. Worth it.
More about Jesse Daniel Here
Jacob Tovar Here
Catch Mike Williams most Sunday Nights at the bar. 8PM. Tulsa Time.