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April Wine Jerry Mercer

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Drummers

I had the chance to meet Jerry Mercer years ago. I was performing at The Halifax School Of Music in Halifax Nova Scotia. Jerry was doing a clinic in the afternoon. We got there early and were rehearsing for our performance with a percussion group of students from Al Resks drum studio. Jerry showed up early and grabbed a cowbell and started playing along with us I thought that was great.

After our rehearsal was over Al Resk came over to me and said “Bud why don’t you take Jerry out to get some lunch”. I went over and asked Jerry if he needed a lift and he did. I was really into it because I had followed Jerry”s career since the early seventies. I had always admired Jerry”s playing.

So we go out to my car with a couple of other people and Jerry jumps in the back seat.  I have to tell you I was driving down Spring Garden Road with a big smile on my face that day it felt very cool. I found a good restaurant and Jerry and his companion went in, we waited in the car and talked about Jerry. We had a couple of good laughs while waiting.

Jerry is the kind of guy who talks a lot so that was good. He talked about April Wine splitting up and he wasn’t happy with that. It’s nice to see they put their differences behind them and got back together. Jerry also talked about Roy Buchanan and the time he spent working with him in the recording studio.He found it frustrating trying to play with Roy it just wasn’t coming together for them. Jerry told us he would stay late in the studio and beat the piss out of his drums to get his frustrations out. We had a good laugh over that.

Later we got to check out Jerry’s clinic. He played an awesome solo and then answered questions from the audience. It was educational. Jerry does this one handed roll and I haven’t seen anyone do it the way he does, very smooth. We all had a good day and it was great to meet Jerry.

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