Oh Mercy are Thomas Glover on keyboard, harp and guitar, Dian Glover on keyboard and lead vocals, Jim Pennington on drums and vocals, and Marty Baker on bass and harmony vocals.
The last time we saw this band, they were calling themselves “Shady Grove,” but they decided that their name didn’t really fit the music they were playing. They decided that “Oh Mercy” had a good feel, especially since their selection of tunes ran towards the “Motown” and genres that weren’t especially close to a name like “Shady Grove.”
We hold the poor weather forecasting responsible for a reduced attendance; they called for thunderstorms all afternoon, and many of our regulars were no-shows for this fine show.
At show time we had a nice overcast day with a wonderfully comfortable temperature. Oh Mercy’s opening tune set the mood, The great Ella Fitzgerald’s,”Nothing But Blue Skies.” The first set was filled with great tunes that we all could appreciate, from “At Last”, “California Dreaming,” “Ho Hey,” “Give Me One More Chance,” “Have I Told you Lately That I Love You,” “Moondance,” “Walk On By,” “Knock On Wood,” “It’s Too Late Baby,” “Mustang Sally,” and the set ended with “Route 66.”
The second set opened with a great version of Hall and Oates’ “Sarah,” followed by a feisty version of “Hit the Road Jack” in the Ray Charles style. Jim Pennington did a good job on “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” while Thomas did a little picking on the guitar. That Motown sound came across well with “Signed Sealed Delivered.” They switched gears with the John Prine classic, “Angel From Montgomery.” There were ominous dark clouds shoving in from the west as Oh Mercy played their version of “Wagon Wheel.” A lightning strike to our southwest prompted us to call it a night with “You Don’t Know Me.” The band managed to get their gear loaded up before the bottom fell out.
We sincerely thank Oh Mercy for coming to Mount Ida to play for a small, but certainly appreciative crowd. Great job! Huge thanks to those who came out to listen to this fine group, despite the forecasts! And, as always, thanks to the great volunteers who make The Front Porch Stage possible week after week.
This week we send a special thanks to Liz Aiken, who covered for our Marie in the snack bar.