Trey Anastasio Details Debut Solo Acoustic Album ‘Mercy’

By Stu Kelly / March 7, 2022

Trey Anastasio has officially announced his debut solo album Mercy, which will be released this Friday on March 11. Mercy will be composed of nine songs that were written over the past two years inspired by Anastasio’s time spent in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. The title track “Mercy” also debuted during Trey Anastasio’s run “The Beacon Jams” at The Beacon Theatre in New York City from October to November in 2020. 

Mercy follows Anastasio’s solo album Lonely Trip which came out in 2020. Lonely Trip also featured Phish co-founder Jon Fishman on drums. “The Beacon Jams” directly impacted Trey’s inspiration for making Mercy, the guitar virtuoso stated. 

Those shows were “like a direct path, from my heart to the audience,” said Anastasio. “The honesty and simplicity of those shows – without it, this album would not have happened. [Mercy] is like a bookend. It’s two years since we went into hiding. This is still going on, and it’s an even lonelier trip.”

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