Mercy Bell was raised in California and New England, and lived in New York City, and Arkansas before finally settling in Nashville. Her sound is deeply influenced by traditional roots music, folk and country western songs of the 1960s-70s, and songwriters of the 1990s. As an openly queer Filipino-American woman who has lived all over the United States and grapples with the hard truths of life, Bell offers a fresh and dynamic approach to folk music.
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Early Career: Toured as guitarist with Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Stevie Wonder. My country career began in the early eighties as I was a band leader for Country As Country Soulman O. B. McClinton after his passing then a solo act. I was known as "The Chocolate Cowboy" Recorded my first country album 1980 @ Arthur Smith's studio in Charlotte, NC. Country Star" Have always been drawn to country music the stories, the sincerity. I have recorded an performed R&B, Soul, Blues & Country. Rock House Records in Greensboro, NC .