Tuesday, August 9, 2011


“Big Dog” with Big Heart to release second CD on Electro Glide Records

On Saturday, September 10th 2011, at Heroes West at 1530 Commerce Lane, Joliet, IL 60431
eroes WestBlues artist Marty “Big Dog” Mercer will be celebrating the release of his latest cd titled “Big Dog Mercer” The event is open to the public and starts at 9:30pm with a performance including original music from the CD.  There is a $5.00 admission. There will also be special musical guests, raffles, etc.

Mercer has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has been a part of the Chicago Blues Scene for more than 10. In October 2010 he was signed by Electro Glide records, and has recently put the finishing touches on his latest album. With his passion for the blues and his experience with a variety of musical styles he has taken the true spirit of this time-honored tradition and put his own unique spin on it.  Among his many musical achievements to date Mercer was awarded the “Best Blues Band” in SuburbaNite magazine’s “Best of the Burbs” Contest (2011), placed second in the Muddy Waters Chicago Blues Slide Guitar Contest (2010) and has been crowned Joliet’s “King of the Blues” from the area’s Guitar Center. (2007)

In addition to his musical achievements the “Big Dog” is also known for having a big heart. The Joliet resident has consistently lent his time and talent to several charitable organizations including Big brothers/Big Sisters Foundation, Guardian Angel Home, Heal with Love Foundation, and several area Animal shelters.”Whenever we can, we do our part in giving back to the community that has been so supportive to us over the years. I like to say if it weren’t for people like you, there would be no need for people like me. And I mean that”.

The CD boasts 10 original songs. The music demonstrates Mercer’s depth in a variety of genres, such as Blues, Rock, Gospel and Jazz, combined with soulful vocals that sometimes growl, aggressive slide playing and heartfelt string bends creating a truly unique experience with a sound unlike that of any other bluesman around. “I’ve been infatuated with music all my life - I got my first guitar when I was 17 and I learned that I had to work at it. I practice every day with the goal of becoming a better musician and a better person each and everyday.” Mercer said.

A mainstay in the Chicago Suburban music scene, Mercer has performed with Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Branch, L.V. Banks, Lonnie Brooks, Larry McCray, Chris Beard, Ronnie Baker Brooks , Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters Jr.) and Eddie C Campbell. Mercer also supports local charities by donating his talent to fundraisers & benefits.

The CD will be available at, digital download media sites, and at Big Dog’s performances.

For more about Big Dog Mercer, a schedule of performances or booking information please visit