BOOTLEG MERCY…IT’S LIKE MERCY, ONLY THE SECRET, STOLEN KIND!
Reminiscent of the backwoods moonshine bootleggers of the prohibition era, the guys in Bootleg Mercy are hauling a trunk-load of some of the best hard rock you’ve never heard. Roaming the backstreets of Kansas, the boys take no prisoners with their unique brand of music.
What began as a 90s cover band, Bootleg Mercy took a detour into the world of writing and arranging their own material which has been an amazing thing. Melding influences both old and new, Bootleg Mercy brings together the familiar sounds of the past with something fresh and interesting.
Are you looking to rock? Check. Are you looking for a band to party with? Check. Are you looking for a band that sounds like everybody else? We can’t help you there but if you want to see and hear something fresh and exciting, then look no further! The band’s sound fuses heavy-hitting hard rock with compelling arrangements, soaring, catchy melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics. When combined with their energetic live performances and individual musical ability, this band packs a solid punch.
The original band members met through a combination of Craig’s List and Facebook Messenger…romantic! They all shared a love for performing live and traveled the area surprising club owners and patrons alike with their musicality. The band consists of Rich Thompson (lead vocals/guitar), Curtis Nightingale (lead guitar/vocals), Jeff Butler (Bass), and Erick Winebrenner (drums).
Since 2012, Bootleg Mercy had been performing covers from artists like Alice in Chains, STP, Pearl Jam, and Tool. In 2020, the band decided to switch it up and begin writing their own material. What has developed is nothing short of amazing.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT US, WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY…?
"Great sounding song with irresistible dynamics, great atmosphere, and super addictive vibes all along the way. I also see huge commercial potential in this song."
- Metalhead Community Magazine
"Well written hard rock track."
- Digital Tour Bus
“Calling something ‘American Radio Rock’ can often seem like an insult and, a lot of the time, it is due to the lack of creativity and ‘safety’ that can be found in the style. As with everything though, there are always parts that stand above the rest. For Bootleg Mercy it is their song structure that sets them apart on ‘The Trees Are Listening’. There are elements that are a bit standard rock, parts that sound a bit Shinedown-esque, thankfully though they aren’t the parts that stand out. The anthemic chorus is a major highlight but for me, it’s the transitions and variation on the song that sets it above its peers. This is not reinventing the rock wheel, it is merely honing it expertly.”
- Mind Noise Network
If you haven’t already, you need to head over and check out whatever back road, musical activity the boys in Bootleg Mercy are up to now on their various social media sites. Why are you still reading this? Go!
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