"Well Written, Hard Rock"

- Digital Tour Bus

***Please take the time to seek-out each of the Podcasts, Playlists, Radio Stations, and Influencers listed below and thank them for supporting both #Unsigned Artists AND Bootleg Mercy!!***

January 20, 2022
We spent some time with Alan Wayne from Indie Star Radio last night previewing our tracks with him for an upcoming show. Stand by for info on the airing of this exclusive Sneak Peek Spotlight Show.

January 15, 2022
The following release dates have been set:
  • Lift and Divide - February 14, 2022
  • The Veil - March 14, 2022
  • Burning - March 31, 2022
  • Knife In My Back - April 11, 2022
  • Run - April 25, 2022

January 12, 2022
FINALLY! After nearly a year, the EP is finally in our hands and ready to release!!! Stand by for release info...

April 4, 2021
CONFIRMED: The band will be performing a one hour-long Live Stream on Sunday, April 25th as a part of the ISR Streaming Concert Series. The show is scheduled to begin at 5pm (PST), 7pm (CST). Join the guys on the 25th HERE.

April 3, 2021
The band has been named Artist of the Week by Indie Star Radio for the week beginning April 4, 2021. They will be playing a one hour-long interview with Erick and Curtis every evening this week at 6pm (PST) on their internet station HERE.

March 31, 2021
#2 on ISR's Top 21. That marks two solid months in the Top 10 with most of that time spent in one of the top three spots with back-to-back weeks at #1. 

February 28, 2021
Studio Update: Initial tracking is done for all instruments. Vocals are up next! (Pics in the Gallery)

February 25, 2021
Final run-through before we head to the studio this weekend. Stay tuned for updates!!

February 23, 2021
Number 1!!! BACK-TO-BACK!!!! Indie Star Radio has The Trees Are Listening at #1 on their weekly countdown again this week. Can we make it a Three-Peat? Get over to https://www.indiestarradio.com/ and request The Trees Are Listening right now!

February 16, 2021
Number 1!!! Indie Star Radio currently has The Trees Are Listening at #1 on their weekly countdown!

February 9, 2021
TOP 5 - Indie Star Radio currently has The Trees Are Listening at #4 on their weekly countdown!

February 2, 2021
TOP 10 - Indie Star Radio currently has The Trees Are Listening at #10 on their weekly countdown. Listen Here!

 January 30, 2021
Matt's Rock Show featured the band and our song The Trees Are Listening last night on the show. Catch a repeat at about 1:58:00 HERE.

January 29, 2021
The Heavy Rock Show on East London Radio will feature the band this Friday at 8PM GMT (2 PM CST). <<Listen Here: KS Invades London!>>

January 27, 2021
Trees moved up to the #13 spot of most requested/played songs on ISR Radio.

January 26, 2021
Trees landed in the #19 spot on Indie Star Radio's Top 21 Show for this week!

January 16, 2021
Angel's Indie Lounge will be featuring us this afternoon 4:00 PM CST on her show on Belter Radio.

January 16, 2021
Kitra Scott with Rocky Mountain Rage Radio reached out to inform us she will be featuring us on her radio show today at around noon CST.

January 6, 2021
Smile Radio has added us to their rotation and on their Unsigned Playlist on Spotify!

January 5, 2021
Here we GO! The studio is booked...Stand By for New Music!!!

January 1, 2021
We got a great start to the New Year by receiving this review on our Lyric video from Music Interview Magazine! It's gonna be a Great Year!!!

January 1, 2021
Happy New Year to All!!!

December 25, 2020
Merry Christmas One And All!

December 22, 2020
The band will be featured on the Ange's Rock Show tonight on Duggystone Radio.

December 19, 2020
The Greater Manchester Rock Radio Show will feature us on their Cracking The Seal New Artist Spotlight Show tomorrow tonight (Dec 20) at 4PM EST.

December 16, 2020
The Ultimate Indie 2020 Spotify Curator added "The Trees Are Listening" to their Ultimate Playlist for 2020.

December 14, 2020
Duggystone Radio has added Trees to their rotation.

December 12, 2020
Showland Productions added us to their Playlist #35.

December 12, 2020
Capping off a busy week, the guys will be featured on Indie Star Radio's Saturday Night Live show (3PM PST/7PM CST).

December 10, 2020
The "Ouch You're On My Hair" Podcast featured "Trees" as the third song on the #123 show!

December 9, 2020
The Retweeter added us to their Spotify Playlist.

December 8, 2020
Spiderweb Radio added us to their playlist lesser known bands like AC/DC, Collective Soul, Kid Rock, and Black Stone Cherry.

December 7, 2020
KRAC Radio out of Montreal, Canada has added "Trees" to their daily broadcasts.

December 6, 2020
Thor, of The Hidden of Rock, added our Lyric Video for "The Trees Are Listening" to their Video Playlist of 2020.

December 6, 2020
The SoundChick Playlist picked up "Trees" this week.

December 5, 2020
The Music Massacre Show will feature the Band next week at the following times:
12-06-20 (9AM Eastern US Time)
12-08-20 (2PM Eastern US Time)
12-09-20 (8PM Eastern US Time)
12-11-20 (9PM Eastern US Time)
12-12-20 (3PM Eastern US Time)
**Available on the "Get Me Radio App" available through
iPhone, Android, Roku, Firestick, Google, and Amazon Alexa**

December 5, 2020
"Tress" has been in heavy rotation on Only Rock Radio this week.

December 4, 2020
The “Ouch, You’re on my Hair”  Radio Show will feature "Trees" on their show on Dec 10, 2020. https://ouchyomh.podomatic.com/

December 3, 2020
Spiderweb Radio has added "Trees" to their rotation.

November 29, 2020
"Trees" has been picked up by the Ignite Rocks Show!

November 25, 2020
"Trees" has been added to the rotation on Pluto Radio.

November 23, 2020
We were notified the internet radio station Big Indie Giant added "Trees" to their rotation.

November 21, 2020
Pete's Rock News and Views website did a nice interview with us. Interview

November 20, 2020
We were selected as the Artist of the Day by Keep Rock Alive Radio.

November 15, 2020
ALL ABOARD!! We will be featured on this week's BANDwagon Show on Radio Wigwam. The show will premier Wednesday night at 9pm CST. (https://www.radiowigwam.co.uk/)

November 7, 2020
Got word this morning we took the #1 spot on the N1M Local Charts, #48 on their National Chart, and #122 on their Global Chart with "Trees." Pretty Awesome!

November 3, 2020
Rehearsal Night - Working up four new songs. Shaping up nicely...

November 1, 2020
Our track and a brief bio were on The Greater Manchester Rock Radio show "Crackin’ the Seal" today.

October 25, 2020
We were featured on the UK YouTube Channel Moreish TV today. The hosts were very gracious with their praise of our latest release, The Trees Are Listening:
"These guys are absolutely brilliant. Their music video is fantastic. Entwining the artistic, revolutionary musical genius. You guys rock!" ~ Zed

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Lyric Video for our single The Trees Are Listening

Reminiscent of the backwoods moonshine bootleggers of the prohibition era, the guys in Bootleg Mercy are hauling a trunk-load of some of the best hard rock you’ve never heard. Roaming the backstreets of Kansas, the boys take no prisoners with their unique brand of music.
What began as a 90s cover band, Bootleg Mercy took a detour into the world of writing and arranging their own material which has been an amazing thing. Melding influences both old and new, Bootleg Mercy brings together the familiar sounds of the past with something fresh and interesting.

Are you looking to rock? Check. Are you looking for a band to party with? Check. Are you looking for a band that sounds like everybody else? We can’t help you there but if you want to see and hear something fresh and exciting, then look no further! The band’s sound fuses heavy-hitting hard rock with compelling arrangements, soaring, catchy melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics. When combined with their energetic live performances and individual musical ability, this band packs a solid punch.

The original band members met through a combination of Craig’s List and Facebook Messenger…romantic! They all shared a love for performing live and traveled the area surprising club owners and patrons alike with their musicality. The band consists of Rich Thompson (lead vocals/guitar), Curtis Nightingale (lead guitar/vocals), Jeff Butler (Bass), and Erick Winebrenner (drums).

Since 2012, Bootleg Mercy had been performing covers from artists like Alice in Chains, STP, Pearl Jam, and Tool. In 2020, the band decided to switch it up and begin writing their own material. What has developed is nothing short of amazing.

"Great sounding song with irresistible dynamics, great atmosphere, and super addictive vibes all along the way. I also see huge commercial potential in this song."
- Metalhead Community Magazine

"Well written hard rock track."
- Digital Tour Bus

“Calling something ‘American Radio Rock’ can often seem like an insult and, a lot of the time, it is due to the lack of creativity and ‘safety’ that can be found in the style. As with everything though, there are always parts that stand above the rest. For Bootleg Mercy it is their song structure that sets them apart on ‘The Trees Are Listening’. There are elements that are a bit standard rock, parts that sound a bit Shinedown-esque, thankfully though they aren’t the parts that stand out. The anthemic chorus is a major highlight but for me, it’s the transitions and variation on the song that sets it above its peers. This is not reinventing the rock wheel, it is merely honing it expertly.”

- Mind Noise Network
If you haven’t already, you need to head over and check out whatever back road, musical activity the boys in Bootleg Mercy are up to now on their various social media sites. Why are you still reading this? Go!

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Spotify Featured Single

Lyric Video






Various Players

Rich Thompson

Vocals / Guitar

Singer-Songwriter Rich Thomson brings a unique vocal and lyric-writing style to the band. His energetic live performances have become a calling card for the band.

Erick Winebrenner


Drummer Erick Winebrenner is the heart of the rhythm section. His quick hands and interesting approach to song arrangement bring a uniqueness to the sound of the band.

Curtis Nightingale


Guitarist Curtis Nightingale's background in 80's metal, blues, and classic rock ground the band's sound to both the familiar, as well as the technical.

Jeff Butler


Bassist Jeff Butler's metal and hardcore background, together with his knowledge of production and technology, firmly put the band on the path of the cutting edge.

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