Louisville, Kentucky’s Tender Mercy, the singer/songwriter project of Mark Kramer, delivers delicate, almost fragile, acoustic music that is almost too beautiful and honest to take in. Exploring various forms of insecurity and self-doubt, he lays his heart bare before audiences. But the thing that sets Kramer apart is the undercurrent of hopefulness that is present, even when his delivery is at its most morose. Tender Mercy’s new EP, It Was You, comes out in March of 2016.

We caught up with Kramer to ask about his favorite releases of 2015. This is what he told us.

1. Twin Limb, Anything Is Possible And Nothing Makes Sense (Self-released)
It’s number 1 for a reason.

2. Houndmouth, Little Neon Limelight (Rough Trade)
Local heroes do (better than) good!

3. Bob Dylan, Shadows In The Night (Columbia)
I listen to it once a day.

4. Elephant Micah, Where In Our Woods (Western Vinyl)
Now you know.

5. William Basinski, Cascade/The Deluge (Temporary Residence Limited)
The master!

6. Low, Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop)
20+ years in and they are still doing it right.

7. Real Live Tigers, Tomboys 7″
RLT never fails to inspire.

8. Cassandra Wilson, Come Forth By Day (Legacy)
Should be subtitled “Genius Covers Genius.”

9. Molybden, Woman Who Left Behind 7″
Haunting and beautiful at the same time.

10. Adele, 25 (XL)
Sorry,not sorry.


Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of GhettoblasterMagazine.com and is currently the editor of YouIndie.com, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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