||NAME: Speedy Mercer
AKA: Dr. Speed, Hero Hog, "That Fat, Balding, Bearded Drummer Dude"
BRANDS: Zildjian Cymbals, Pro-Mark (wood) and Easton "Ahead" (Alloy) Sticks, Taye Drums, Evans Heads, Roc-N-Sok Throne, Taye Bass pedal and Hi-Hat stand, Gibraltar Rack and Cymbal Booms.
BACKGROUND: "I Started playing the drums in 1969 after a visit to my cousin Stan's who, at the time, played in a Funk/Rock band just outside of Bossier, LA. Stan and I warted the hell outta my father pretty good that weekend and talked him into going in ½ on a drum set for me. I got an old set of "Whitehall" drums from a pawn shop and started working on my chops. I soon moved up to a custom set of Gretsch drums and a spot in a garage band With "Jumpin' Jack" Jeff LeBlanc and Carl "Mad-Dog" Stelly. From there I dropped out of the music scene for quite a while until I met a fellow computer geek that had a interest in music. Michael had this GREAT music room, complete with guitars, bass, keyboards and a set of Simmons Electronic drums. I was immediately hooked again. I soon bought an old set of Scott's and started "working out the kinks" in the local clubs that had "Blues Jam" nights. Soon I hooked up with John Simoneaux and later became the house drummer at a couple of clubs as well as subbing with John's band. Later, Myself, John and a local bass player (Ryan Munsey) who also played at the Jams and subbed with John in "Blue Monday and the Howard Shaft Horns, formed "Monday's Child" and I moved up to a Ludwig kit (my wife Terri bought it for me!) and finally up to the new Taye Studio Maple Fusion kit I play now.. Since then, I have played with a wide variety of people and bands, some "Famous" and some soon to be!."
MY BIGGEST COMPLEMENT: "...you lay down this FAT Groove...
you sound like a Black Man back there on the drums."
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