In the strange times we are currently living in, one of the many luxuries we are now missing out on is being able to see live music in person. Musicians all around the world have made a great effort to do what they can to help entertain music fans in isolation. Brisbane singer-songwriter and storyteller Jordan Merrick is one of those musicians, with the third volume of his streaming series Live From House Arrest taking place recently. With an intimate living room setting Merrick brought a varied set list performed on acoustic and electric guitars. The show was filled with stripped back renditions of favourites from his debut album Night Music, his two EPs and a couple of unreleased B-sides.

Two of Merrick’s brightest Low Country and The Toll opened the afternoon in style and gave the audience an indication of what was to come. His song-writing chops were on display as always, but this time it came from being able to experience these great tracks in a completely different, more minimal light without losing weight and quality. To keep things interesting Merrick threw in a few curveballs with two B-sides that didn’t quite musically fit on his EPs and LPs. Here I Go, a captivating slow-burner combining folk and blues, while Australian cowboy tale The Man In Black is another example of his excellent storytelling ability.

In his latest live-streamed performance Merrick put on a thoroughly captivating, intimate experience of some of his best tunes.

Listen to Jordan Merrick’s new album Night Music below and catch him performing a live set on Facebook from 8PM this Saturday 2 May via the folks at Live On Mars. All event info available HERE.


Feature image: Jordan Merrick by Will Johnstone

This review is courtesy of Phoenix Radio’s Emerge program, hosted by Calen Le Couteur and Russell Thompson. Follow Emerge and tune in on Monday nights 7-9PM HERE.