Grandson of the great Johnny Otis and son of Shuggie Otis, Lucky Otis is a multi-instrumentalist with a bloodline of blues, jazz, swing and R&B.
Mercy Jones brings funky bluesy rock originals to Los Angeles.
Chris Nash has a signature blues style only he can play, with complex finger-picking and slide guitar. Nash’s vocal resonation is far reaching, emphasized by fine-tuned, melodic tones. Nash was originally discovered by John Hammond Sr., at the age of fourteen. He hitchhiked across country one year later, busking on Venice beach and Westwood Village, being discovered by Barry Josephson and represented by Gallin Morey Associates, as well as CAA. Chris has had several publishing deals, was in popular film and TV, and his band was featured in Rolling Stone magazines, as well as other national publications.
Jenny Zepp (vocals and harmonica): Adding another layer to Mercy Jones is the raw energy of Jenny Zepp, magnetizing their live shows. She lights up the stage,yet writing is her main passion. Working with Chris Nash for several years, they have been able to create the lyrical messaging together, which centers on the angel of mercy, Mercy Jones, who is meant to raise the vibration of humanity through the sounds and words of the collective group.
Carol McArthur (vocals & guitar): This singer/songwriter has â The Voice of an Angel, and we agree with reviewer Joe Stats referring to her solo album “How Good it Feels” featuring Dan Weinstein and Brad Kay. She has been performing in front of an audience since age six and has performed with the likes of Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg, The Bonedaddys, and many more. Her influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Elton John, and Nina Simone, to name a few.
Dave Tops (guitar): He studied at New York University and then cut his chops in New York City playing blues, hard rock, heavy metal, and pretty much every other genre available to him. He’ s known mostly for session work, playing live, as well as being a member of the band, Sez Who, out of New York. He has over twenty-five years of experience teaching children and adults song writing and guitar, and he also plays the mandolin.
Mercy Jones on Radio Venice
Lead singer/guitarist Nick Foy and drummer Sam Cook recently teamed up to form How Mean after a late night, half-baked idea came to fruition. Originally from Mass, Foy and Cook strive to offer audiences more of a show than a concert, packing a greater punch than anyone would expect from a two man act.
Drawing influence from bands like Led Zeppelin and Brand New, How Mean’s way of reimagining familiar classics makes every song sound new again, combined with an equal dose of clever, crowd-pleasing originals which, according to Cook, fall under the genre of “gentle pressure.” As they continue to play more local shows, they look forward to expanding their act across the Los Angeles music scene. “We’re not here to make a living,” Foy says. “We’re here to make a killing.”
How Mean on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S10.E12 – March 31, 2019
Lucy Gallant is hailed as one of the most talented indie artists on the scene. The British-born virtuoso plays an array of instruments, skillfully producing intricate, high-energy rhythms on the Cajón, while simultaneously singing and playing guitar, drums, ukulele or melodica. Gallant’s unique voice soars with rhapsodic range, conveying a full spectrum of emotion in her songs. From light-hearted and ethereal to intense and edgy, her vocals propel passion as visceral and versatile as her lyrics.
She writes her own original songs, fusing sounds of rock, reggae, soul, latin and folk-pop. Having toured the USA, South and Central America, Japan, Australia and much of Europe, the bohemian powerhouse dazzled audiences at both intimate venues and major festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, Beautiful Days Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Caloundra Music Festival, Art Basel, Falls Festival and Australia’s largest music festivals, Woodford Folk Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest.
Gallant’s multicultural heritage is eclectically reflected in her craft. Her Burmese, Russian, Irish and Australian roots inspire genre-blended tunes and thought provoking verses. Her colorful repertoire of medicinal, empowering, uplifting music which unites those who imbibe its aural magic. Fans throughout the world are vitalized by her live shows, which at times include mesmerizing fire dancing and an invitation for audiences to join her on stage in an extraordinary co-creative experience.
While no set is ever the same, the effect of Gallant’s music remains a pure and undeniable enthralment. Her artistry is a movement of love and liberation, with a mission to stimulate joy. It is the reason she awakens with a smile each day … and precisely why her fans follow suit.
Lucy Gallant on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S10.E12 – March 31, 2019