Traveling Mercies will soon become one of the most respected groups in contemporary American folk and roots music. Their vocals are smooth as butter and hugely passionate, and their song $5 Bill is packed tight with familiar folk sounds with a new twist to give it a special kick.
The song has a beautiful arrangement of instruments. The brightness of the guitar balances out very well with the contemplative drum beats and with what I’m assuming a harmonica or some sort of brass instrument being played through out the song. The vocals are powerful and clever as they sing “I know I had it coming, but I couldn’t guess then I come home drunk with a pink slip in my hand, new lock was on a door with a note that read…Dear Bill you don’t live here no more, here’s 5 dollars it’s all I had in my purse.”
No news on when they plan to release some more songs for their eager fans, but they do play quite a lot and from this song I can tell that their live performances must be filled with energy and humor. Check out their myspace https://www.myspace.com/travellingmercies.