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The Mercy Lounge and Cannery Ballroom reside in Nashville's Historic Cannery building. Built 1863, the Cannery was originally a flour mill and later a place to grind coffee. The building earned it's name when the Dale Food company bought it in 1957 and began processing food (jams, jellys, mustar, mayonaise, peanut butter, etc.) eventually opening a restaurant called "The Cannery" in the early 1970's. The building housed a country music theatre in the late 70's and evolved into one of Nashville's primary music venues in the 80's and early 90's. Jimmy Cliff, Janes Addicition, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, Greg Allman, Robin Trouer among other touring acts of the time played the Cannery.