Bassist Mike Merritt is currently a member of The Basic Cable Band, featured on the late-night talk show “Conan”, which airs weeknights at 11pm on TBS. Mike’s been with Conan since the 1993 debut of NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and has a long association with Basic Cable Band leader Jimmy Vivino since their days with piano legend Johnnie Johnson. Along the way, Mike’s toured and recorded with bluesmen Johnny Copeland and Son Seals; was a member of the Howlin’ Wolf All-Star Tribute Band along with Vivino, Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, and David Johansen; was a member of The Rekooperators with Al Kooper; played blues rock with Popa Chubby; vintage rock with Chuck Berry and Chubby Checker; Jersey rock with Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny; was an original member of Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band; He’s also backed up some great female vocalists including Keely Smith, Phoebe Snow, Ruth Brown, Joan Osborne, Catherine Russell, Shemekia Copeland and Darlene Love. Current projects include Rock Candy Funk Party, The Paul Tillotson Love Trio, and The Forerunners. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Mike was influenced and guided by his father, bassist Jymie Merritt, a jazz legend.