Wednesday, November 29


What and the hell is a blue merle? Well, it's a type of Great Dane, for one thing. Led Zeppelin knew this -- referring to the creature in "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp." Remember that reference? Okay, maybe you don't, but it's there... somewhere.

I know this because the Nashville band
Blue Merle took their name from that reference, so there you go. The band is led by singer-songwriter Luke Reynolds and bassist Jason Oettel, and their mellow sound has been compared to Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket. For my money, though, Reynolds' voice is almost an exact amalgam of Coldplay's Chris Martin and Dave Matthews Band's... um... Dave Matthews. See if you agree.

The songs below are taken from Blue Merle's debut LP, Burning in the Sun.

Blue Merle on

[MP3] "Every Ship Must Sail Away"

[MP3] "If I Could"