Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

February 13, 2021

Jerry Merrick, ‘Follow Follow Follow’ (Mercury Records LP, 1969)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 2:17 am

A1 As Leaves Turn Brown
A2 Love Is A Word Token
A3 The Stranger
A4 Just Like A Spirit Shroud
A5 To Find You
A6 The Pond
B1 Follow
B2 Sweet Babe
B3 The Flowers Are Fighting
B4 Please Hold Close
B5 Please Clear The Air

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In 1969, or here in 2021, quality singer-songwriters with a poetic tinge, artists who are able to create a “world” through their performances of their own songs, are always welcome. The late Jerry Merrick is, alas, better known for the performances of his songs by others (especially Richie Havens, but also Jerry Jeff Walker and BJ Thomas) than via his own recordings. His song “Follow” has become a classic, not just through Havens’ transcendent performances, but also through recordings by artists as diverse as Chad Mitchell and Susan Tedeschi! Here is a full album, from Mercury Records in 1969, of Merrick singing Merrick. He’s also featured on guitar, though lead guitar is from the great Hugh McCracken. Until Covid hit, and the bars and cafes became off-limits to visit safely, Mary Anne and I would check out live music most weekends, and we still discover fine poetic singer-songwriters in the most unexpected off-the-beaten-path kind of places here in Texas (and also New Mexico). Just imagine you’ve found a comfortable chair in a cozy corner of a small cafe in, say, Ruidoso, New Mexico, or Marble Falls, Texas, it’s raining outside, and you’ve got a fresh pint of local microbrew in front of you.

Jerry Merrick is taking the small stage….and he’s got a dozen new songs to share.

1 Comment »

  1. This is really good Bill, thanks for spreading the word.

    Comment by skydropco — February 13, 2021 @ 2:27 am | Reply


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