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Merc Minutes MAY 2022

A monthly rundown of everything you need to know about what's coming out of Tulsa's shittiest little dive bar!

 

FEATURED SHOWS

 

VINCENT NEIL EMERSON + JOHN R MILLER

Monday, May 9

Doors 7pm


"Vincent Neil Emerson is a torchbearer of the Texas songwriter tradition. He channels the straightforward truth-telling and resonance of his songwriting heroes in Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle into something fresh and distinctly his own. Where his 2019 debut Fried Chicken and Evil Women proved himself as one of the most reverent students of country and western musical traditions, his follow-up LP, the masterful Rodney Crowell-produced Vincent Neil Emerson, which is out June 25 via La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers, is a brave step forward that solidifies his place as one of music's most compelling and emotionally clarifying storytellers. His songs are cathartic and bluntly honest, never mincing words or dancing around uncomfortable truths.


Raised in Van Zandt County in East Texas by a single mother of Choctaw-Apache descent, Emerson's world changed when he first heard Townes Van Zandt's music. "To hear a guy from Fort Worth say those kinds of things and make those songs was pretty eye opening," the now 29-year-old songwriter says. "I had never heard songwriting like that before." He's spent the better part of the past decade honing his songwriting and performance chops playing bars, honky-tonks, and BBQs joint across the Fort Worth area. His first album Fried Chicken and Evil Women, which he wrote in his mid-twenties and came out on La Honda Records, the label he cofounded that now includes a roster of Colter Wall, Local Honeys, and Riddy Arman, is a snapshot of his growth as a songwriter and stage-tested charm with songs like "Willie Nelson's Wall" and "25 and Wastin' Time" expertly combining humor and tragedy."


You can get tickets to the show, Monday May 9, here!




SERYN

Wednesday, May 11

Doors 7pm


"A triumphant return for Seryn as the indie-folk darlings find their way back to stage and studio. This genre-bending outfit is equally at home in an intimate theatre or the biggest festival stages, playing to the size of their hearts, not the size of their audience. Traditional elements collide with modern concepts in a breathtaking dance, that can only be described as “enrapturing.”

From Telluride Bluegrass Fest, CMJ Fest, & Festival d’ete de Quebec to Paste Magazine’s #1 “Best of SXSW,” Seryn bring a live show that packs an emotional punch. Their cinematic music has been used in Film/TV by the likes of Disney, Wells Fargo, VH1, MTV, Whataburger, and so many more."


You can get tickets to the show, Wednesday May 11, here!



JAKE LABOTZ

Monday, May 16

Doors 7pm


"Born and raised in Chicago, La Botz spent his early days studying under the last of the city’s pre-war era bluesmen. He began releasing his own albums in 2000 and would go on to spend the next two decades amassing a litany of critical acclaim as he worked his way up from playing street corners and tattoo parlors to sharing bills with luminaries like Ray Charles, Etta James, Dr. John, and Mavis Staples. When he’s not on the road, La Botz can be often be found onscreen (he’s appeared in everything from True Detective to Rambo and even starred in the stage musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp) or teaching meditation in prisons, Buddhist Centers, and living rooms around the country."


CAROLINE SPENCE

Wednesday, May 18

Doors 7pm


"A Nashville-based singer/songwriter with a gift for storytelling, Caroline Spence's thoughtful

musings on human nature helped establish her in the national folk and Americana scene of the

mid-2010s. Earning critical accolades and glowing respect from within the Music City songwriting community for her 2017 LP, Spades & Roses, she signed with the Rounder label and made her label debut with 2019's Mint Condition.


A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Spence emerged in 2013 with You Know the Feeling, a

six-song EP of winsome, world-weary Americana and folk songcraft. That same year, she won

American Songwriter's Lyric Contest and began establishing herself on the national festival and

folk club circuit, picking up another win at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2014 in advance of her

acclaimed 2015 debut album, Somehow. Basing herself in Nashville, Spence earned a

reputation for honest, introspective songwriting that transcended the lines of folk, country, and

roots music, drawing comparisons to artists like Patty Griffin and Emmylou Harris. She returned

in 2017 with Spades & Roses, her haunting follow-up album, after which she signed a contract

with the well-established Rounder Records label. 2019's Mint Condition was her first outing for

the label and featured a guest appearance from Emmylou Harris herself."

~ Timothy Monger, Rovi


You can get tickets to the show, Wednesday May 18, here!



KATHERINE LEGENDRE

With John Calvin Abney

Thursday, May 19

Doors 7pm


"Born and raised in Chicago, La Botz spent his early days studying under the last of the city’s pre-war era bluesmen. He began releasing his own albums in 2000 and would go on to spend the next two decades amassing a litany of critical acclaim as he worked his way up from playing street corners and tattoo parlors to sharing bills with luminaries like Ray Charles, Etta James, Dr. John, and Mavis Staples. When he’s not on the road, La Botz can be often be found onscreen (he’s appeared in everything from True Detective to Rambo and even starred in the stage musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp) or teaching meditation in prisons, Buddhist Centers, and living rooms around the country."

You can get tickets to the show, Thursday May 19, here!

 

MERC MUSIC MAY 2022 PLAYLIST

 

Like new music, just don't know where to find the good stuff? Well, you're in luck! Every month we create you a playlist of all the badass musicians playing at Mercury Lounge in the upcoming month. Listen to this to get hyped for a show you're looking forward to, explore new artists, or to simply just dance around like a fool. Simply click the picture below and you'll be jammin' in no time.

You're welcome.



 

MERC MERCH

 




May is Mental Health Awareness month. Mental health is an overlooked and often misunderstood that disproportionately affects people who work in the music industry vs other industries and the national averages. We are committed to showing support in every way possible to the folks we’re lucky enough to welcome to our stage, so for the month of May we’re running a presale on these limited availability shirts, with 100% of gross profits being donated to Back Line Cares, a music focused non profit that works to provide access to mental health resources for people that work in music, both on and off stage, as well as their families.

Shirts are heavyweight ringspun cotton with our mission statement on the back and available for this campaign only.


Join us in supporting the cause, find our merch here!





 

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