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The Mercators are a rock & roll outfit based in Durham, North Carolina, a city just down the road from Raleigh and a stones throw from Chapel Hill. Formed early in 2008, they create music with organically tangled roots in a style all their own. Todd Warner (singer/songwriter) co-founded the band with original drummer Jörg Eichfuss, original lead guitarist Jordan Betz, and William Foy (bass, vocal harmonies). Originally from Germany, Jörg had played throughout Europe recording several albums with various bands and the experience can be heard in the songs. And although Jörg has since stepped down as the drummer, his rhythmic presence will always be a part of The Mercators. Jordan Betz helped establish our bluesy underbelly early on. Replaced by Thomas Hughes (in mid '08), Jordan now fronts his own local band. A blues singer turned guitarist turned bass player, Will Foy makes up the other half of the rhythm section. Will also provides lush harmonies that have become a key element of the band’s repertoire. Latest recruit Roberto "Berto" Morales replaced second guitarist Thomas Hughes in late '09. Berto interweaves bursts of fuzzed-out guitar lines adding interesting textures to the mix. The Mercators' core members always display diverse musical backgrounds and each one adds their own particular sensibilities. Incorporating not-so traditional pop songwriting, rootsy twang, bluesy undercurrents and heartfelt lyrics, the songs stick with you long after the music stops. Read more:


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