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Sister Mercy: Rhythm and Blues band releases third album - Honey

Sister Mercy will perform the entire album at Catfish Lou's on Friday, December 9.

We are told:

 Sister Mercy's new album Honey features the band’s unique blend of traditional blues meets funky, high-energy music with a rock-n-roll vibe. Each original track was written by band members and most feature the powerhouse vocals of lead singer, April Brown. Sister Mercy shows off their multi-talented crew singing 4-part harmony as back up in live performance and on the album as well.

“We are a band that is known for original music. Each of our albums are 80% original and now “Honey” has 10, all original songs,” says band-leader Debby Espinor. “Writing, producing and performing original music is something our band is extremely proud of and is a sign of being together for over 8 years.”

The album’s namesake, “Hold on Honey,” written by Roger Espinor (Rose City Kings), sets the tone for this album, leading us into a finger-snapping toe-tapping journey, with Renato Caranto as guest saxophone player. “Weeping Woman,” written by Roger Espinor is a delightfully creepy tale of the ghosts of the Bayou, taken from the legend of La Lloryna,  while “Mardi Gras,” written by band-leader, Debby Espinor, explores the energy of New Orleans with a Dr. John feel. “Beale Street Boogie,” written by Scott Garcia (Moby Grape, Big Brother and the Holding Company), tells the story of Sister Mercy’s time on Beale Street and the many musicians that came before. Mark Bittler, a composer/performer well known in the blues scene, added some gritty organ licks on this selection.

The album is balanced with some beautiful ballads: “Blessing in Disguise” and “Time to Dream,” both written by Scot Garcia, which speak to a more positive outlook for our future and the brighter side of life. “It’s a Long Way to Midnight,” written by lead singer, April Brown, is a deeply emotional journey of loneliness and faith. Putting all these elements together makes for an outstanding album with a New Orleans style that is well-worth the listen.

“It was a long time coming. We were waylaid by COVID, setting us back two years in production.” says Roger Espinor, producer and production engineer of the band. “It is our best work to date and the most representative of a band working together to write music.”

There are many ways to snag a copy of “Honey, available on Spotify and other streaming platforms. Physical CD’s will be available at the December 9th event, in addition to downloads via CD Baby or Apple iTunes. You may also know Sister Mercy from their highly popular  albums, “Diamonds” (2018) and “Head over Heels” (2014).

The album release show will feature the entire album, with the band deeply vested in singing each note – each harmony to perfection. With the release in December, they are also featuring some traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas Blues charts that you can sing along with. To add to the flair, the venue, Catfish Lou’s, in Beaverton, Oregon, is giving us the opportunity to pre-order Jambalaya, Gumbo or Catfish as their own tribute to the New Orleans vibe.

 Limited Seating is Available

http://eventbrite.com  “Sister Mercy”

 Album Release Party

Friday, December 9, 2022

Catfish Lou’s, 6540 SW Fallbrook Pl, Beaverton, OR 97008

7:00 – 10:00 PM


Limited Tickets $15 Advance + Dinner Special, $18 at the Door

Doors at 6 PM, general seating

Tickets: http://Eventbrite.com  Search “Sister Mercy”



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