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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 David Lopez,,who's lyrical 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 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.
The band's latest record "Some Kind of Beautiful Story" is due to be released Sep 9th 2014 in the US on Beverly Martel Music.The record came about in collaboration with producer Thomas Johansen beginning in the summer of 2013. Recorded in Johansen's studio in VA, the record features drummer Steve Bowman (ex Counting Crows) and bassist Brad Jones in addition to string work from longtime associate David Henry and creative keyboarding from producer Johansen who plays live with the band on many occasions.
The band plays locally and regionally from Washington to Philly , New York, Boston even North Carolina and Atlanta. 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.