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Abandon Jalopy is the project title used for a collection of personal songs by former Blind Melon (later Unified Theory) bassist Brad Smith. Smith began working on the album shortly after the death of Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon in 1995, and although the album was supposed to be issued in the late '90s, its release was held up until the summer of 2002 (via Smith's own Stank Face Laboratories label). Titled Mercy, the album featured such special guests as former Blind Melon members Roger Stevens, Christopher Thorn, and Glenn Graham, as well as former Edie Brickell/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain and Squirrel Nut Zippers trombone player Jim "Jimbo" Mathus, among others. Smith also supported the release with a summer 2002 tour. ~ Greg Prato