Black Merda in 2008 (L-R Charles Hawkins, Anthony Hawkins, VC L. Veasey)

In 2005, the Funky Delicacies label released the compilation disc The Folks from Mother’s Mixer, collecting all the songs from the two original albums, Black Merda and Long Burn the Fire. Thanks to the new attention brought by this compilation and a cult following that showed a growing interest in the obscure black rock of the early 1970s, the Hawkins brothers and Veasey reunited in 2005. (Hite had died in 2004). The reformed Black Merda has played at several festivals in Detroit and the surrounding region as well as New York’s Central Park SummerStage concerts series and The Ottawa Blues Festival in 2006.

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