Live Set: Daddy Kool Records

The band was on hand January 9th to play a paired down, extra-folky, live set at St.Petersburg's Daddy Kool Records. The performance was in celebration (and promotion) of Brighter In The Dark going on sale in this historical record store. Yellow Tree Studio was also there to capture the performance for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, and will release footage from the whole show later this summer. 

Big thanks to Manny Kool and the whole Daddy Kool team for having us out–– and to the audience shopping the isles at the show. We really enjoyed it! 

Yellow Tree Studio

Mercy McCoy is excited to announce that through partnership Ybor City Records, the band will continue working with Yellow Tree Studio of St.Petersburg in 2017.

Yellow Tree Studio is run by Ian Corry, who has directed and executed a number of the Mercy McCoy shoots, and has built a wide variety of work showcased in the studio's portfolio.

Yellow Tree Studio was in attendance for the November release concert of Brighter In the Dark at the Hideaway Cafe in St.Petersburg, FL. Look for some great footage from that show, along with footage from upcoming appearances, in the coming weeks and months. 

For inquiries about working with Ybor City Records, email: info AT

For inquiries about working with Yellow Tree Studio, email: ian AT

Album Review, The Only Music Blog

Favorite local band Mercy McCoy is taking a big step in their young musical career tonight. The roots-rock group, led by Stefan Scheuermann, is releasing their first full length album, entitledBrighter in the Dark

Despite being the band's debut album, Mercy McCoy can already flaunt a pretty impressive resume. The 5-piece band has been featured as a 'Daily Discovery' in American Songwriter Magazine, and received a Top 5 finish in the 2015 Durango Sole Performer Competition. Most impressively, the band opened up for The Only Music Blog favorites Twenty One Pilots back in 2013. You may even remember their brief write up in this very blog just under two years ago, on the day of their EP release and eve of opening up for Bronze Radio Return. You can read that full review....READ MORE >

Album Review, Creative Loafing

After more than a year of writing and recording with Steve Connelly at his Zen Studios, local outfit Mercy McCoy – made up of husky-toned vocalist/guitarist Stefan Scheuermann, guitarist Collin Ryan, pianist/organ player Eddie Entreken, guitarist (and sometimes bassist) Ed Woltil (of The Ditchflowers) and drummer/percussionist Justin Stoddard – has finally delivered a roots rock debut dosed healthily in heartland Americana spaciousness, Southern blues swagger and upbeat folk-pop luster.

Brighter in the Dark brims with warm poignant expressions that are battered and scarred, yet hopeful, healing and restless to trust all over again beginning with the breezy sprinting reconciliation and heart-on-sleeve expectation of “Born to Try.” The title track (first debuted on opens with finely-picked string melodies chasing deeper lowend notes that gain lush body with the emergence of earnest piano and strummed guitar, Scheuermann’s vocals taking on ahusky quality as he croons about the selfish act of rebounding with someone you don’t really care about to forget the one you’re having trouble getting over. 

The album’s two most bluesy odes trail each other; “Black and White” is an easy-going ode with slide guitar twang, shuffling and driving rhythms, and a distinctive “Tuesday’s Gone”/Lynyrd Skynyrd appeal, while “Facing the Sun” propels forward with dusty, country-kicking muscle. A pair of love songs read like opposite sides of a relationship coin and also fall back-to-back; blithely romantic “Be My Spark” carries the chase and sweet flush of blossoming love on sunny folk-percussive rhythms, picked and plucked acoustic guitar and pitch-perfect multi-part vocal harmonies, while the melancholic blame-gaming and down-trodden confessions of “Spent on You” are carried on instrumentals that roil and sway like the relationship the lyrics allude to (“If money is time, why can’t you ever save / you’re spending mine, saving for a rainy day / but I’ve spent mine all on you”). The buoyant atmospherics of “Strange Dreams” bring Brighter in the Dark to a quietly sublime close with a mournful slide guitar passage and a few bright notes of harmonics. 

Critics Rating: 3.5 Stars

Posted By LEILANI POLK on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 4:00 AM