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New Single Wildflower by Mel Bryant and the Mercy Makers out Friday

May 20th, 2021

Born in their Ford Transit driving down I-65, this latest single from Nashville rockers Mel Bryant & the Mercy Makers started with a single line — “like a wildflower on the side of the highway” and a narrative emerged of queer high school love and loss, all the remnants and regrets that linger like a bad tattoo.

Joined harmonically by co-writer and fellow Nashvillian Carter Vail, this 21st century Laurel Canyon-inspired groove simmers and seethes while it takes you down a weedy memory lane. 

Wildflower is the second single from Mel Bryant & The Mercy Makers’ upcoming sophomore project, the Muscle Memory (NewSong Recordings), following their self-released debut which earned finalist status in the International Songwriting Competition and inclusion in Spotify Editorial playlist “Punk Unleashed”.

“Lyrically you can hear shades of Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac circa their eponymous album in the smoothly confessional tones on display. The more edgy and current moments come courtesy of the literate rock influences in the arrangement – think Mitski or Phoebe Bridgers as musical pointers. With some poppy hooks given a classic rock sheen, you’ll find Mary/Martha easily and quickly gets under your skin.”
– Analogue Trash

The band lives together in their East Nashville home where they write, record and produce in a barn they converted into a home studio. Wildflower will be released via NewSong Recordings this Friday, May 21st.

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