Called one of the best kept secrets on the Virginia music scene, Mercy Creek will be playing at the Stoney Badger Tavern at 9pm on Thursday, June 20th.
If you haven’t seen Mercy Creek play previously at the Badger now is the time to make it out for their performance. Mercy Creek is a folk rock band made up of the duo Jim Ball (songwriter/drummer) and Cheryl Nystrom (singer/guitarist). They have been playing and writing their own music together since 1998. To date, Mercy Creek has released seven albums and is working on an eighth. They have been performing at festivals, clubs, and concerts across the country for fifteen years. Describing their sound as a combination of ‘modern folk, world beat, and hints of blues and bluegrass,’ there is something for everyone.
Jim Ball has been playing music full time since graduating high school, he plays drums and percussion. Cheryl Nystrom plays an array of instruments: guitar, mandolin, and ukulele and provides all the vocals. Nystrom’s voice has been described as expressive, raw, sensual, and haunting. Mercy Creek has experienced a little bit of fame thus far with the band spending fifteen weeks on the FMQB (Friday Morning Quarterback Inc) Public Breakout Top 200 chart, topping out at fiftieth spot. In addition, Mercy Creek was featured in Eddie Bauer store music playlists and has played on local and XM Radio stations.
Mercy Creek’s just released new album ‘Make a Memory’ features ten original songs and was recorded at White Arc Studios in Bloomington, Indiana. The band’s previous 2010 release of “Live at OBX” earned them rave reviews along with the 2010 Best Indie Folk Duo Award from the LadyLake Outstanding Achievement in Independent Music Awards. Recorded live at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC, the album was positively received. Mercy Creek’s biggest album to date was the 2004/2005 release of ‘Bonfire of Vanities.’ It is a double album featuring ten studio tracks on disc one and eleven live tracks on the second disc.
Check out Mercy Creek’s website at mercycreek.com to stream songs from each of their seven albums or you can purchase full length mp3’s and Cd’s. We hope to see you this weekend at the show! If you can’t make it or want to see Mercy Creek again you can catch them for another performance at the Badger on June 20th.