In an exciting start to 2016, MerryGold accepted their first SAMMIE Award (Sacramento Music Award) for best band in the Americana/Alt-country genre. The band will also make their debut at Strawberry Music Festival in May. After recording their latest album “Hangtown” at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in late 2014, the band also completed their first international tour – 23 shows in Germany.
MerryGold began as the songwriting duo of Jillian Secor (guitar, vocals) and Alex Stephens (guitar, mandolin, vocals). MerryGold’s 6-piece lineup currently includes fiddle, bass, banjo, and accordion.
Based in the small northern California town of Placerville, themes of the Gold Country are abundant in their music. Their whiskey-soaked folk/bluegrass songs take listeners back to simpler times and portray a rawness that embodies the pioneer spirit of the Wild West. While traditional folk and bluegrass elements are apparent in their music, MerryGold incorporates a wide variety of influences to create their own sound.
In 2012, MerryGold won the Race to TRI Studios contest. The studio - owned and operated by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead - selected MerryGold as top-10 finalists out of over 500 entries. The public then voted MerryGold and their song “Sweet Lilly” as the winner. In December of 2012, the band recorded audio and video at TRI Studios: