June 15, 2016

Robbie Merrill

Legendary Godsmack Bassist Robbie Merrill

From His Wiki:

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Merrill started to play bass at age 14 and only played bass. music instructor robbie merrillHe traded in his train set for a bass, and used his dad’s amp.He has played in a country, blues, reggae, prog, and ’50s/’60s cover band. Before joining Godsmack, Merrill was a self-employed carpenter which is a trade he shared with Tony Rombola.

Merrill and his wife Heather have two daughters, Niannah and Nakiah. Merrill currently lives in Auburn, New Hampshire. Although he is a left-handed musician, Merrill actually writes right-handed due to a birth defect that makes him unable to move the middle finger of his left hand.

In his off-time, Merrill has a farm which he puts many hours into; he also enjoys some hockey and the typical family stuff. He has a dirtbike track as well. However, he stated that his family is still the number one priority.

Robbie was one of the founding members of Godsmack. Merrill met Sully Erna through Sully’s sister, and the two became roommates and friends.In February 1995, Erna decided to start a new band as the lead singer after playing the drums for more than 23 years. Legendary Bassist Robbie MerrillHis new band, The Scam, formed with Erna on vocals, Robbie Merrill on bass, local guitarist and friend Lee Richards on guitar, and Tommy Stewart on drums quickly changed its name to Godsmack, after recording one demo.

Robbie is also a founding member of the band Another Animal along with Shannon Larkin, Tony Rombola, Lee Richards, and Whitfield Crane. Excluding Whit Crane all have been members of Godsmack presently or in the past.

Merrill was featured in the IMV “Behind The Player” DVD series, in his DVD he gives an intimate behind-the scenes look at his life as a musician, he then gives in-depth lessons for how to play Speak and Voodoo by Godsmack on bass and jams the tracks with Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin. He’s also a featured artist on the bass guitar instructional website Jamplay.com.

 

 

 

 

About Godsmack (From Their Wiki)

Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin. Since its formation, Godsmack has released six studio albums, one EP (The Other Side), four DVDs, one compilation album (Good Times, Bad Times… Ten Years of Godsmack), and one live album (Live and Inspired).

The band has had three consecutive number-one albums (Faceless, IV, and The Oracle) on the Billboard 200. The band also has 20 top ten rock radio hits, including 15 songs in the top five, a record number of top ten singles by a rock artist.

Since its inception, Godsmack has toured on Ozzfest on more than one occasion, and has toured with many other large tours and festivals, including supporting its albums with its own arena tours. Godsmack has sold over 20 million records in just over a decade. In honor of the band’s success and the release of their sixth studio album, 1000hp, Mayor Marty Walsh has declared August 6 as “Godsmack Day” in the city of Boston.

 

Here Are Some Godsmack Albums Robbie Crushed It On

 

another godsmack album

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 1997
Label: Republic records
Listen: HERE

Godsmack is the eponymous debut album by the band Godsmack. The album was initially paid for by the band and released as All Wound Up, before the band was signed to Universal Records and Republic Records.

 

record from godsmack with robbie merrill on base

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 1997
Label: EK Records
Listen: HERE
All Wound Up is the demo album by alternative metal band Godsmack. It was released independently by EK Records on July 28, 1997.

 

album featuring musician robbie merrill

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2000
Label: Universal Records
Listen: HERE
Awake is the second studio album by the rock band Godsmack, released on October 31, 2000. It features the song “Goin’ Down”, which first appeared on the band’s first studio recording All Wound Up.

 

another live bass performance from robbie merrill

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2001
Label:
Listen: HERE
Live is a live and the first DVD released by the band Godsmack. Released in 2001, the DVD has been certified Gold by the RIAA, with access sales of 50,000 copies in the United States

 

album from godsmack featuring robbie merrill on base

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2003
Label: Republic Records
Listen: HERE

Faceless is the third studio album by the band Godsmack. The album introduced drummer Shannon Larkin, former drummer for Ugly Kid Joe. The album was released on April 8, 2003.

 

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2004
Label: Republic Records
Listen: HERE

The Other Side is an acoustic EP by the band Godsmack, released on March 16, 2004. It includes several previously released songs re-recorded as acoustic versions, as well as three new acoustic tracks.

 

godsmack live DVD

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2004
Label: Coming Home Studios
Listen: HERE
Changes is a documentary and live DVD released in September 2004 by the hard rock band Godsmack. The DVD was recorded in early 2004.

 

album from godsmack that features robbie merrill slapping the 4 string

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2006
Label: Universal Records
Listen: HERE
IV is the fourth studio album by the band Godsmack, released on April 25, 2006. This is Godsmack’s only studio album produced by Andy Johns.

 

godsmack greatest hits with bass virtuoso robbie merrill

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2007
Label: Universal Records
Listen: HERE
Good Times, Bad Times… Ten Years of Godsmack is a greatest hits collection by the heavy metal band Godsmack

 

live and inspired album from Godsmack

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2012
Label: Universal Republic Records
Listen: HERE
Live & Inspired is the first live album to be released by the Heavy metal band Godsmack. Released on May 15, 2012, the album includes a bonus disc of four cover version recordings.

 

godsmack album featuring bassist robbie merrill

Artist: Godsmack
Year: 2014
Label: Republic Records
Listen: HERE
1000hp, stylized as 1000HP, is the sixth studio album by the American rock/metal band Godsmack. The album is a follow up to the band’s 2010 gold-selling album The Oracle and was released on August 5, 2014.