Car trips to school with dad and the radio blaring introduced Andrew to some of his enduring musical influences: John Hiatt, Steve Earl, Van Morrison, Los Lobos, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Leo Kotke, Greg Brown and Little Feat.
"For most people, college is a logical choice. But academic life only got in the way of young Andrew Merzi’s true calling, music. Born and raised in Wilmot, he tried a Vermont liberal arts education after high school, only to be waylaid by the burgeoning folk scene. “I spent a lot of money up there, but I didn’t know what I wanted,” he said recently by phone from his home in Portsmouth. “I always knew I wanted to play and perform ... that was my dream. I’d turn on some John Hiatt and pretend it was me up on stage singing” Michael Witthaus, Hippo Press.
Merzi's sound is a mix of country-blues and americana. His high energy guitar playing, heart felt lyrics and soulful vocals are conveyed sincerely in his performance style and caught the attention of the Timberland apparel company, who featured him as the Timberland artist for January 2011. Merzi tours New England playing taverns, small venues and private functions as he continues to hone his sound, which can be heard in his soon to be released EP, recorded with LYNTT Productions in Nashville.
"His voice is soothing…his playing is crisp…his songwriting is poetic…This is the kind of music that makes you feel Better." Arthor: Struckbell, CD Baby.