The Mercy Alliance is a Washington DC based band led by songwriter Joe Rathbone specializing in emotive, melodic indie rock with an aggressive rhythm section featuring longtime DC drummer Greg Fritz. and bassist Paul Brown, who’s melodic playing provides a great foil for Rathbone’s raw baritone and gritty guitar playing.
The band’s “sound” draws on influences ranging from the upbeat roots rock of Wilco , Paul Westerberg and Alejandro Escovedo to a beautiful “down” in the vein of Joe Henry and early Neil Young. There are musical nods to The Replacements, John Lennon, Joe Jackson and David Gilmour mixed up in a very inventive stew of sound.
Joe is about to release his fifth record “Waking Up the Sun” recorded and produced in Nashville by esteemed indie producer David Henry, David Mead Guster , Josh Rouse, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jars of Clay etc..
The band plays locally and regionally from Washington to Philly , New York, Boston even North Carolina and Georgia. Joe’s previous records and shows have earned him some great radio play from Starbucks to XM Sirius and great AAA radio like WFUV in New York, WFPK in Louisville Kentucky WTMD in MD WNCW in Charlotte NC.
Joe has opened shows for Shawn Colvin, Steve Forbert, Chuck Prophet, Al Stewart and appeared a couple times on PRI’s The Mountain Stage
Live shows are an intense mix of original music with some creative cover tunes ranging from The Cure, to Bonnie Raitt , to Roxy Music and more. The Mercy Alliance live features passionate group vocals and extended instrumental sections,delivering a live experience that compares well to the more finely honed sound of the recordings. A must see for all fans of great live music. www.themercyalliance.com