Traveling Mercies
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Traveling Mercies

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Traveling Mercies @ K2 The Church

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Traveling Mercies @ Salt Lake Rescue Mission

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Traveling Mercies @ K2 The Church

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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The best kept secret in music


“The only sure thing is wherever the band goes it brings a sense of hope — hope in the message of salvation and hope in the ability of Christians to produce art to rival what happens in the secular world.” - The Deseret News

“ . . . [lead singer Mary Goldring]’s voice has a 60’s quality to it, but there are also times I hear a bit of Ann Wilson when Ann sang some of the mellower Heart songs. There's a country flavor on some tracks, especially ones that feature the steel guitar, but I also hear some modern AAA sounds along the lines of what Dido is doing these days. By the way, I love the groove and organ fills on ‘In Your Presence.’” - Bob Baker's Musical Success Resource Guide

“Her compositions are clever and varied, her singing earthy and honest . . . a touch of Joni Mitchell here, a bit of Paul Simon there – but never enough to make her music derivative.”
- The Deseret News

. . . solid in all aspects. I really liked the song's live musical sound and vocal performance . . . imagery is really good . . .good song - Taxi reviewer


The Road To You (1999)
Directions Home (2001)

Both CD's are available at
and for download on iTunes

The Road To You is available at


Feeling a bit camera shy


(see also Andrew Goldring & The Rosedale Power Co. at )

Mary Goldring and Eric Lindquist are “soul siblings” who met in 1994, forming an instant musical and spiritual bond. Mary, rhythm guitarist, singer-songwriter and worship leader, felt a passion from Eric’s bass playing that she’d rarely experienced. Eric found in Mary a kinship with someone more passionate about God than about music. The music flowed between Mary and Eric until 1999 when they heard a call to start a band and make a CD. Enlisting fiddler/guitarist/steel man Dan Salini and drummer Jay Wetmore, they played music for the journey, songs for people who may not have arrived at faith, but who are on the road. Around this time, Mary discovered Anne LaMott's book Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, which explores the author's own tumultuous journey of faith. It seemed obvious to name the band Traveling Mercies. The title of their debut, “The Road To You,” refers to John 14:6 from The Message translation of the Bible. Jesus says “I am the Road, also, the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.”

Mary Goldring has never been afraid to welcome doubters or to ask tough questions in her songs or her performances. Traveling Mercies shows are never flawless but always held together by Mary’s personal story and the songs that flow from her relationship with Jesus. “My job,” she says, “is to step out of the way, be as transparent as I can be so that, in the end, only Jesus is visible.”

John 12:24 in The Message quotes Jesus saying “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over.”

Fast forward to 2006. The band has released 2001’s “Directions Home.” Mary has brought audiences to laughter, to tears and to faith at coffee houses, conferences, festivals and churches all over the US. But by this time, Mary and Eric have laid Traveling Mercies to rest. For 3 years, Mary has been spending her time and energy homeschooling and encouraging her 14-year-old guitar prodigy son. Andrew Goldring and his blues-rock band, The Rosedale Power Co., release their debut CD and Andrew enthralls a crowd of 1000 at The 2006 Snowbird Rock & Blues Festival, opening for legendary bluesman Johnny Winter. The grain of wheat is beginning to sprout. Mary works behind the scenes, supporting Andrew as his star begins to rise. In an odd twist, Eric also literally backs up Andrew by playing bass in The Rosedale Power Co..

But perhaps Andrew’s musical career is not the only grain of wheat in this story. Mary and Eric have rekindled their musical/soul connection at K2 the Church in Salt Lake City, where they serve with Andrew's drummer Wes Whorton. One magical Sunday morning, Mary pulls out a Traveling Mercies standard, David Wilcox’s “Never Enough,” and the grain of wheat is exploding. Eric and Wes’s solid groove along with Mary’s vocals and guitar seem to foretell a re-birth of Traveling Mercies. Two full bands - only four people. A blues-rock band fronted by a 14-year-old, shares a rhythm section with his mother’s Christian Alt. Country outfit.

How far will Traveling Mercies sprout from a grain of wheat that was dead and buried? Don't know yet. But don’t count them out.

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