“I’ve been told that a musician doesn’t pick the Blues, the Blues picks the musician. I love all kinds of music, but when the Blues grabbed me...it never let go.”
— Marty "Big Dog" Mercer
For close to two decades, Marty “Big Dog” Mercer’s heartfelt, southpaw Blues and soulful voice have growled through the Midwest music scene & abroad. Mercer’s ability to combine emotional lyrics with aggressive guitar playing and also his slide guitar ability, makes him an artist unlike any other. The 6'10” 300 + lb man owns every stage he walks on and his personality is as large as his stature.
Mercer has worked with -
Kenny" Beedy Eyes" Smith, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Branch & the S.O.B's, L.V. Banks, Toronzo Cannon, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mud Morganfield, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Omar Coleman, Marty Sammon, Lurrie Bell, Eddie Taylor Jr., Lindsey Alexander, Tom Holland, Larry McCray, Anthony Gomes, Chris Beard and Sharon Lewis, just to name a few.
Mercer was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame on October 16th 2016 at Legends in Chicago.
Notable points in time
“Whether it's the growl in his big voice or the nasty, aggressive slide licks he tosses around like candy, I've found this is one big dog you should adopt and take home with you.”
— Mississippi Valley Blues Society
“Big Dog’s Blues is an unyielding endeavor from start to finish. It is primarily a heavy album, without being heavy-handed. Mercer and his more than capable band have put together a piece of work that ought to be noted as one of the top local blues records of the past year. ”
— Chicago Blues Guide
“He has a way of singing that is extremely reminiscent of the old school blues players. He has a growl to his voice that demands attention and combined with an aggressive slide style, he is a joy to be heard. I might be a little partial towards "Big Dog" because I truly love the Blues and the Blues is what he does best.”
— Chicago Blues News