"Big Dog" Mercer's Information
Blues n' Roots
Marty "Big Dog" Mercer, arrived on the
Chicago music scene in February of
2000. Hailing from Wisconsin where he
was a sideman for a touring blues band
the "Big Dog" needed room to stretch
out musically. As he made Chicago, the
"home of the Blues" is new turf he
started showing his face at the local
jams where, after playing, was donned
the moniker "Big Dog" by local blues
musicians. His versatile styling and
approach to the guitar is evident in
every performance. Attacking the neck
of his self created instruments with
his slide is signature to this
emerging bluesman."Big Dog" has began
a journey of proving his southpaw
approach to his blues are worthy of
notice and respect. Since he has
become a mainstay in the Chicago
Suburbs he shared the billing with
such acts as: The Fabulous
Thunderbirds, Billy Branch, L.V.Banks,
Toronzo Cannon ,Ronnie Baker Brooks ,
Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters Jr.), &
Jimmy Warren, just to name a few.
In legendary fashion this "Big Dog"
shows his "Big" heart by donating his
time to several charities &
fundraising events including "Blues
for kids' sake" cd for the Big
Brothers & Big Sisters Foundation.
In April 2007, he was crowned Joliet
Illinois "King of the Blues" at the
Joliet Guitar Center.
He has many influences that he calls
upon to make his own style of music
that has been called many
things."Bluesbilly" & "Swamp Boogie"
His soulful vocals that sometimes
growl, his aggressive slide playing, &
heartfelt string bends make him unlike
any other bluesmen. The "Big Dog"
will be releasing his debut CD "Attack
of the SouthPaw" on Electro Glide
Records in Sept. 2010.
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