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Tony Mecca / Bio

Tony Mecca writes and performs songs about people and personalities. Real people that is, and genuine life experiences like love and longing, growing-up, working and watching life play itself out. Through his live performances (with his Heavy MeNtal Gypsys) and steadily growing recorded output - Purple Monkeys (2003), Princes of the New Dark Age (2005), Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between (2007) and Fun (2011) – Mecca quickly dispels any preconceived stereotypes associated with the “Singer/Songwriter” brand as tedious and plodding reflection are avoided at all costs, and rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities are injected at every opportunity to keep the proceedings vibrant, passionate and really fun. His music has been labeled Singer-Songwriter, Rock & Roll Psychotherapy, Random Old School, Adult Contemporary and City Boy Americana among others. He calls it Urban American Heavy MeNtal. In reviews his songs and sound has been compared to Springsteen, The Smithereens, XTC, Tom Waits and even Leonard Cohen. In a poll of his fans he was described as: “The bastard son of Huey Lewis and Joni Mitchell” – “A tag team match pitting Frank Zappa & Tom Waits vs Bruce Springsteen & John Prine” – “The Working Man’s Wagner”.

General Info

Band Members
Tony Mecca / Steph Davis / Joe Pettit / John Merlino / Jim Drnec / Bill Saltzer
Artist Name
Tony Mecca
Home Page
Active Since
Singer Songwriter / Singer/Songwriter / Classic Rock

Contact Info

Philadelphia, PA
Funny Fred

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