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Playing the music of The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin and so much more! The Deadbeats are based in New Paltz/Albany, NY, and have been one of the hardest working bands in the Northeast since their inception in 1993. Their Grateful Dead/Phish inspired shows are a celebration of improvisational, jamming rock & roll and they can be found performing consistently, most notably every Wednesday at Valentines in Albany. As a result, they have amassed a large and loyal following of fans who appreciate the open ended, participatory nature of their performances.
Working without a net, their set lists, arrangements, and jams are all left open to the inspiration of the particular moment, drawing in the crowd as active participants in the creative process rather than just spectators. It is a unique experience and it has been this commitment to these musical and philosophical ideals that has set The Deadbeats apart.
Along with a virtually inexhaustible repertoire of cover tunes, they have a considerable amount of original material. The Deadbeats are actually able to please most of the people most of the time.
Band Website: www.facebook.com/DeadbeatsNY
Mercer and Johnson are Brock Johnson and s.mercer. The duo put their first recordings online for free in June of 2010. They immediately took off to find places that would let them play, as often as possible, logging thousands of downloads and hundreds of thousands of miles.
The band has shared stages with, or opened for established acts and up and comers like… Billy Joe Shaver, Hayes Carll, Sara Watkins, the Turnpike Troubadors, Robbie Fulks, Mike McClure, Mountain Sprout, J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices and the Ben Miller Band. They quickly found out nobody cares who you’ve opened for.
The band uses a mix of traditional string-band instrumentation on their recordings, to craft songs that vary in origin from traditional style ballads and up-tempo numbers, to songs influenced by singer-songwriters and modern indie rock.
Live, the two feature mostly mandolin and bass in a stomping shouting manner that people find enjoyable, yet puzzling. The puzzle is the mandolin, which they often mistake for a wide variety of other instruments.
The two have released several recordings, an out of print cd e.p. called “Oregano”, the digital-only release “Road Noise” a self-titled full length and a full length named “Too”.
In September of 2016, with guitarist Chris Gebhardt in tow, a recording named “Stories from Home”was recorded in Lafayette, LA by (Certified Cajun) Dave Riot. Ben Shank (Cathead Biscuit Boys) played fiddle and a good time was had by all. The result was 9 songs about Life the Universe & Everything with a release date of March 21 2017.
Band Website: www.mercerandjohnsonmusic.com