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Mercury Salad Sandwich

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About Mercury Salad Sandwich

Vocals, guitar and percussion
Brooke Ratliff almost quit music once. In fact, she did for four years. The sluggish, techno influenced music she used to write was boring to her (and probably boring to everyone else), and she didn't know what she wanted to say to the world anymore. She needed a new musical path. Eventually she wandered into an NSAI songwriters workshop. Mostly out of curiosity. And because she thought country music was probably a no-brainer to write. Boy, was she wrong.

It turned into a tremendous challenge, and an amazing journey through traditional American music. Brooke learned to embrace the forms of country, bluegrass, swing and folk that she previously rejected. The new songwriting style slowly built up over time, through study of the simple and powerful work of songwriters such as Edie Brickell, Johnny Cash, and the irreverent Steve Earle.

When Brooke heard Jakob Dylan's solo album, 'Women and Country' she was finally inspired to take the music public and perhaps find musicians to work with. As the singer-songwriter for Mercury Salad, her new-found admiration for American roots music peaks through.

Acoustic and electric guitar -

Kurt Bonnell makes his guitar debut on this ep. In fact, Mercury Salad is his first band. He spent many years exploring the styles of everyone from Patty Larkin to Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh, and even a little bit of Django Reinhardt. After the departure of Brent Truex from the band, decided to go from audience member to band member. He rehearsed tirelessly, focusing on each phrase, until he made the songs his own.

Then suddenly, without much obvious effort, and all at once...Kurt began composing his own funky, chunky tasteful guitar pieces such as the song Hot Sauce (Brooke grumbles that its beginner's luck, but maybe it's just sheer talent). Kurt's abilities are very clear on the band's cover of "My Love is Alive'. He distills the many layers of Gary Wright's original keyboard parts down to one stream-lined acoustic guitar.

Vocals and percussion -

Growing up in Bay City, Michigan, Billy Lalonde's first encouragement towards playing drums came from his father, William senior. Billy joined the school band to play percussion, following in his father's footsteps. Young Billy's dedication and love of music was eventually rewarded with a drum set, given by his parents.
Soon Billy joined his cousin who played guitar, and they got started with AC/DC covers and other jams. And the rest, is history, as they say.
Billy was one of the founding members of Black Jake and the Carnies. He toured nationally, as well as in Europe, with the Ypsilanti-based crabgrass band. Currently, Billy splits his time between lending powerful drums and vocals to the country rock band, Fangs and Twang, and Mercury Salad Sandwich.
Fangs and Twang serve up country rock about 'things that go bump in the night', while 'the sammich' plays a mix of traditional folk and acoustic funk.
Singing comes naturally to Billy. His vocal style springs from his passion for music and innate inner strength. The backing vocals he provides on Mercury Salad tracks like 'My Love is Alive' and 'Hot Sauce' give the band's sound a funky and earthy quality.

Bass, acoustic and electric -

Dan ‘Ozzie’ Andrews has distinguished himself as one of the most sought-after bass players in Michigan. He is seen regularly on stage with local favorites like Rod and Annie Capps, and Jason Dennie, as well as the Whiskey Charmers. He can also be seen with Cold Tone Harvest and Black Jake and the Carnies.

Ozzie contributed a variety of styles to the Mercury Salad Sandwich debut EP. His experience as a veteran jazz musician gives songs like ‘Whiskey Turns on You’ its lowdown, infectious swing. ‘Mrs. Nathan Henry’ showcases his skill at bowed double bass. His cello-like melody makes the song even more moving.

After years of living and working in California, New York, and London, Ozzie is psyched to be back in Michigan. He enjoys the lovely, green forests of northern Michigan, as well as the arts and culture around his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mercury Salad Sandwich makes their home in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area of southeast Michigan. With so many excellent venues and creative events in town, they usually perform close to home, but are looking forward to branching out.
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Hometown:
Ypsilanti, Michigan

No upcoming shows
Send a request to Mercury Salad Sandwich to play in your city
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About Mercury Salad Sandwich

Vocals, guitar and percussion
Brooke Ratliff almost quit music once. In fact, she did for four years. The sluggish, techno influenced music she used to write was boring to her (and probably boring to everyone else), and she didn't know what she wanted to say to the world anymore. She needed a new musical path. Eventually she wandered into an NSAI songwriters workshop. Mostly out of curiosity. And because she thought country music was probably a no-brainer to write. Boy, was she wrong.

It turned into a tremendous challenge, and an amazing journey through traditional American music. Brooke learned to embrace the forms of country, bluegrass, swing and folk that she previously rejected. The new songwriting style slowly built up over time, through study of the simple and powerful work of songwriters such as Edie Brickell, Johnny Cash, and the irreverent Steve Earle.

When Brooke heard Jakob Dylan's solo album, 'Women and Country' she was finally inspired to take the music public and perhaps find musicians to work with. As the singer-songwriter for Mercury Salad, her new-found admiration for American roots music peaks through.

Acoustic and electric guitar -

Kurt Bonnell makes his guitar debut on this ep. In fact, Mercury Salad is his first band. He spent many years exploring the styles of everyone from Patty Larkin to Pete Townshend, Joe Walsh, and even a little bit of Django Reinhardt. After the departure of Brent Truex from the band, decided to go from audience member to band member. He rehearsed tirelessly, focusing on each phrase, until he made the songs his own.

Then suddenly, without much obvious effort, and all at once...Kurt began composing his own funky, chunky tasteful guitar pieces such as the song Hot Sauce (Brooke grumbles that its beginner's luck, but maybe it's just sheer talent). Kurt's abilities are very clear on the band's cover of "My Love is Alive'. He distills the many layers of Gary Wright's original keyboard parts down to one stream-lined acoustic guitar.

Vocals and percussion -

Growing up in Bay City, Michigan, Billy Lalonde's first encouragement towards playing drums came from his father, William senior. Billy joined the school band to play percussion, following in his father's footsteps. Young Billy's dedication and love of music was eventually rewarded with a drum set, given by his parents.
Soon Billy joined his cousin who played guitar, and they got started with AC/DC covers and other jams. And the rest, is history, as they say.
Billy was one of the founding members of Black Jake and the Carnies. He toured nationally, as well as in Europe, with the Ypsilanti-based crabgrass band. Currently, Billy splits his time between lending powerful drums and vocals to the country rock band, Fangs and Twang, and Mercury Salad Sandwich.
Fangs and Twang serve up country rock about 'things that go bump in the night', while 'the sammich' plays a mix of traditional folk and acoustic funk.
Singing comes naturally to Billy. His vocal style springs from his passion for music and innate inner strength. The backing vocals he provides on Mercury Salad tracks like 'My Love is Alive' and 'Hot Sauce' give the band's sound a funky and earthy quality.

Bass, acoustic and electric -

Dan ‘Ozzie’ Andrews has distinguished himself as one of the most sought-after bass players in Michigan. He is seen regularly on stage with local favorites like Rod and Annie Capps, and Jason Dennie, as well as the Whiskey Charmers. He can also be seen with Cold Tone Harvest and Black Jake and the Carnies.

Ozzie contributed a variety of styles to the Mercury Salad Sandwich debut EP. His experience as a veteran jazz musician gives songs like ‘Whiskey Turns on You’ its lowdown, infectious swing. ‘Mrs. Nathan Henry’ showcases his skill at bowed double bass. His cello-like melody makes the song even more moving.

After years of living and working in California, New York, and London, Ozzie is psyched to be back in Michigan. He enjoys the lovely, green forests of northern Michigan, as well as the arts and culture around his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mercury Salad Sandwich makes their home in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area of southeast Michigan. With so many excellent venues and creative events in town, they usually perform close to home, but are looking forward to branching out.
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Hometown:
Ypsilanti, Michigan

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