Have Mercy Las Vegas’ second album, “Light & Shade” is a fully realized accomplishment that solidifies its standing as an indie success story and as a firm favorite on the Scottish festival scene. The album was launched with a sold-out show at The Denny Civic Theatre and it’s easy to hear why on this release, where country and folk meets Americana harmonies with well-judged dashes of blue.

Every track on the album swings deftly between joyous barn dance riot and solemn, haunting melody, with both songwriting and execution demonstrating the leap in the progression of the band. Produced by Jamie Savage at Chem-19 Studios, the sound is mature and sophisticated, yet undeniably true to the band’s roots. A must-listen, “Light & Shade” is an intricate celebration of musical evolution and cultural homage.