How Mercury Lab started
It started out on a whim… It immediately turned into a passion…
In 2014, I fronted a band called, The Parishioners. We released a CD that was funded by the Threadhead Cultural Foundation here in New Orleans. The work received pretty strong reviews. We were nominated for best roots rock album of the year, best song, and we made the list of top 50 recordings of the year by Offbeat magazine.
Then I had an accident. Stupid, really. I fell off a tow truck while loading my broken down “59 Edsel. I broke three ribs and dislocated three fingers. I lost my ability to play standard tuning guitar, thus losing everything the band worked so hard to achieve. It wasn’t easy…
But, my fiddle player left me an old Dobro when he moved out of the city. It was clunky. High action. It didn’t really have good resonance, and it had a cut out made for right handed players. The problem is, I am a lefty. I kept staring at it for three years. It aggravated me.
This is where the “whim” part comes in.
I woke up one morning and said to myself, “I am going to make my own damn guitar and learn how to play slide!”
I went to my friend’s music store to see what parts he had. He handed me a spider bridge, cone and cover. That’s all it took…
Playing it is still a work in progress, but I did a pretty good job in making the first guitar. And, as a metal worker and fabricator, I fell in love with the process. So, here we are… Mercury Lab Guitars. You can even see one in the National Guitar Museum's traveling show.
My old band
Our CD before the accident
I still love my Dano