Another twofer here on the Big Med Playlist for The Big One as we add Tony Mecca’s ‘Mercy Street’ and ‘Morning Coffee’. Mercy Street has Philadelphia-based Mecca sounding a bit like Peter Gabriel and Tom Waits while Morning Coffee is a daytime version of George Thorogood. Such is the range and authenticity of Tony Mecca that each of his songs are an outstanding slice of life.
“I started like most “60′s” kids that witnessed the Beatles phenomenon, the difference is that my father was a professional musician, a singer. So music was always around. My earlier bands in the 80′s were much heavier, and the lyrical content was much more political and global. After passing on a few minor recording deals that would not support my family, which eventually grew to 5 children, I took to a separate profession and I settled into producing younger bands to sublimate my musical urges. I was out of performing and writing for about 12 years.
“In 2002 one of the bands I was producing overheard a few songs i had been tinkering with in my spare time. So this young kid says, “hey, this is great and really different – you gotta get this stuff out there” – The songs had become much more personal and local. I was talking about people I knew and situations I either lived or watch folk experience – I independently released these 9 demos, and started working on another set of songs that were in the same vein, but added a bit more of a rock edge. By the end of 2005 I had signed a small deal with Outstanding Records (Huntington Beach, Ca), and had also signed several of the songs with several different publishers. I was back in the music business, and on my own terms.
“Upon release of my 3rd CD in 2007, I put a little trio together, which now can grow to a full 6 piece band, and started playing live again. 5 years later I’m working on my 5th CD and have played a little more regionally every year. There are some different folks interested in doing my songs and that is very exciting.”
Tony Mecca – Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Stephanie Davis – Vocals, Clarinet
Joe Pettit – Guitar
Jim Drnec – Drums
Bill Saltzer – Bass
John Merlino – Multi-Keys
Fun (CD) 2011
Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between (CD) 2007
Princes of the New Dark Age (CD) 2005
Purple Monkeys (CD) 2003
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