Hey folks! The first reviews of “Foothill Freeway” are coming in, and I am happy to announce that ‘Sweethearts of the Rodeo’ is streaming over at NPR Music!
“Just as Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons and company had done decades earlier, Mancini’s crew crafts a warm, organic sound bearing deep country roots, but still informed by rock ‘n’ roll.”
Thanks to Jim Allen for the write up, check it out here!
The first review of the album is also live over at The Daily Vault!
“With a deep sense of purpose and tremendous craft, Mancini catalogues the foibles and failings of men and women, lovers and nations, a tapestry of all-too-human humanity.”
Thanks to Jason Warburg for his in-depth review, check it out here!
“Foothill Freeway” is out May 4 on Paradiddle Records! Pre-order the album here!
Pete Mancini is the frontman and primary songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. His debut solo album Foothill Freeway explores the Americana influences that are a hallmark of his work with Butchers Blind.
For this album, Pete was inspired by the story songs of artists like Guy Clark and Bruce Springsteen. This storytelling influence is on full display throughout the title track, “Foothill Freeway”, which features a sparse arrangement reminiscent of Jason Isbell and Jackson Browne.
In addition to the original songs on the album, Pete tackled renditions of songs by Russ Seeger, Wes Houston and Iain Matthews, who is a guest vocalist on “Cartwheel Avenue”.
The self-produced album will be released May 4th on Paradiddle Records, and features contributions from Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention, Plainsong), Buddy Woodward (Dixie Bee Liners), Russ Seeger (Last Hombres), Jonathan Preddice (Miles to Dayton), Cassandra House, Travis McKeveny, Skip Krevens, and members of Butchers Blind.
Pete and his band will celebrate the release of Foothill Freeway with a show at the Patchogue Theatre’s ‘Live in the Lobby’ series on May 4th. Stream the title track “Foothill Freeway” below:
01 – Sweethearts of the Rodeo
02 – You’re Gonna Change
03 – High Wind Slick Roads
04 – The Hardest Way to Part
05 – Foothill Freeway
06 – To Be Alive
07 – Knowlton County Township
08 – Rented Room
09 – Cartwheel Avenue
10 – Something Missing
My solo album is in the final stages of completion, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s called Foothill Freeway, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I recently got the chance to go on Wes Houston Presents to play some of the new tunes and talk about the record. Big thanks to Wes, Jimmy, Trevor and the 4VS crew for all their hard work. Stay tuned to this page for more details very soon!
Wes Houston Presents #170 from Four Village Studio on Vimeo.
A review of Butchers Blind’s EP ‘A Place in America’ was featured in Jason Warburg’s new book, ‘My Heart Sings the Harmony’! It’s a great read for anyone who loves music, pick up a copy today at http://jasonwarburg.com
Tracks are moving along nicely for my upcoming solo record, so stay tuned for updates! Can’t wait to show you what we’ve been cooking.
Butchers Blind’s ‘A Place In America’ has been included in several ‘Best of 2015’ lists, including Newsday, The Daily Vault, The Americana Rock Mix, and Radio Crystal Blue. Pick up your copy today!
More info on an upcoming solo record soon!