“Pay it Forward”

Throughout our hectic day to day, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the persistent darkness that has pervaded everyday American life over the last few years. We are always looking at some screen, reading the latest ominous headline. We are divided. The core belief that humanity is good and altruistic gets lost in the frenzy of information that is the modern world. Sometimes we are lucky to have an experience that reminds us we aren’t nearly as divided as we think we are; that we are still tethered to the core values of kindness and giving. As I write this from Black Mountain NC, I am still blown away by the random act of selfless generosity I experienced while at Americanafest in Nashville. 

Around 8PM on the last night of the Fest, I went to grab a bite to eat after a great gig at Dee’s in Madison. I was pulling out of the parking lot and ran over the strange object in the picture below. I still have no idea what it was/is. When I pulled over to see what happened, the air was draining from my tire fast. To make things worse, my phone was about to die. I called AAA, but they are only available to tow or help put your spare on. I decided to change the tire myself and get a patch or new tire the next day before heading to Knoxville. I emptied the contents of my trunk (guitars, amps, etc.) onto the grassy shoulder of Nolensville Pike, and started to change the tire. I am fortunate that my good friend Nick Loss Eaton was nearby, and came by to help guard my equipment and change the tire. Exasperated problem solving conversations slowly turned to laughter. What can ya do? Shit happens. 

As we got the spare on and started tightening the lug nuts, a truck pulled up. A man walked over to us, wearing an O’Reilly Auto Parts shirt. 

“You boys need help? I have my impact driver with me. Full size jack too so you don’t have to use that thing.” He pointed at my flimsy Volkswagen jack.

As two automotively challenged songwriters, Nick and I decided that yeah, some help would be awesome. We explained the situation to him and showed him the strange object sticking out of my tire.

“I live right around the corner,” the man said. “Give me a minute and I will grab my patch kit, and we will get you guys moving.” 

A few minutes later the man returned with the rest of his tools, removed the strange object, patched the damaged tire, and put it back on the car with his impact driver, NASCAR style. We used Nick’s recently acquired portable inflator to get the newly patched tire to a healthy 38 PSI. Just like that, it was as if I hadn’t run over anything in the first place. 

“Can we offer you anything man?” I asked. “You saved the day here. It’s the least we could do.”

“Don’t worry about it. You ever see the movie Pay it Forward? The kid from the Sixth Sense is in it. All I ask is that you pay it forward. If you see someone that needs help, help them. Don’t ask questions, just help.”

We were stunned. This man who had just gotten out of work in the Tennessee heat went out of his way to help two complete strangers. We finally introduced ourselves. His name is Eric. We gave him copies of our latest albums, as it was, again, the least we could do. 

“Y’all play weddings? I’m getting married next year.”

We chatted for a few minutes, shook his hand, and then he was off. He got us on the road again just in time to catch the tail end of Hayes Carll’s set at Basement East. I don’t know if we will ever hear from Eric again, but I know if he asks me to play his wedding I will 100% be there, guitar in hand. A simple random act of kindness can go a long way. It serves as a reminder of what really matters. Like my buddy Zeus in Knoxville says, “there’s too much darkness out there, we need to be lighthouses.” Be a lighthouse. Don’t ask questions. Just pay it forward.

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‘Flying First Class’ out now!

I am happy to announce that Flying First Class is available now wherever fine music is streamed or sold via Diversion Records. Purchase/streaming links available at the Diversion Records website.

Pete Mancini - Flying First Class - COVER

Flying First Class is a first-rate roots rock album, and reveals Mancini’s considerable flair over a range of songwriting styles.” – Melissa Clarke (Americana Highways)

“It’s hard to believe Mancini hails from this area; his earnest voice and songs of world-weary struggles put him in line as a worthy successor to John Prine and John Hiatt as a premiere singer/songwriter whose work is destined to be covered by dozens of artists.”- Bob Smith (Good Times Magazine)

“Mancini is an expressive songwriter who never hesitates to wear his emotions on his sleeve if that’s what it takes to share his sentiments with his listeners.” – Lee Zimmerman (The Daily Ripple)

“Mancini explores a rich palette of sounds across these nine tracks, infusing each with an authentic love for roots music and the tools it offers to tell tales of people facing down troubles of all kinds with little more than heart and grit to get themselves by.” – Jason Warburg (The Daily Vault)

“New York rocker turned Americana singer-songwriter Pete Mancini paints a broad picture of our society while teaching a survey course on how folk and country music shaped the first 20 or so years of rock ‘n’ roll with his sophomore solo album Flying First Class.” – Bobby Moore (The Daily Ripple)

“High lonesome melancholy that sits at the corner between Americana and blues… that kind of sincerity is as punk as it gets.” – Rachel Cholst (Adobe and Teardrops)

“Mancini proves to be the essence of Americana, purveying folk, rock, bluegrass, pop, and rockabilly – all sung clearly and honestly. Mancini is no newcomer but perhaps this is his breakout opportunity. He certainly deserves it.” – Jim Hynes (The Daily Ripple)

I am also happy to announce the Flying First Class Summer tour! Sign up for the mailing list to get the most up to date schedule. There are also new merch items available right here on the website. Neat!

FFC tour poster

‘My Hometown’ out now!

“[My Hometown] addresses the sorrow and angst with fearlessness, and in the current sociopolitical climate, it’s a necessary proclamation aimed at archaic traditions of middle America.”
– B-Sides & Badlands

“[My Hometown] is music that’ll put some spring in your step — if you don’t listen too close. No matter what, you’ll be singing along with the chorus.”
– Adobe & Teardrops

My Hometown is available now at Diversion Records or wherever fine music is streamed or sold!

‘DUI Blues’ out now on Diversion Records!

My new single DUI Blues is out today on Diversion Records!  It’s the second single from my upcoming record, which is on track for release in 2019. DUI Blues was produced by yours truly, recorded at Paradiddle Studios, and features some great drum work from Tom Ryan (The Last Hombres).

Buy or Stream DUI Blues on all major platforms:

APPLE: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1436642322
SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/track/32QF5iDsqx13NN1O9FSLyp…
GOOGLE:: https://play.google.com/…/mus…/album/Pete_Mancini_DUI_Blues…
AMAZON: http://a.co/d/6pRSYKN

‘Pine Box Derby’ Press Roundup!

Here’s what people have been saying about Pine Box Derby:

“[Pete Mancini] has the forthrightness of a punk singer and the fragile sensitivity of a folk crooner. If you get through [Pine Box Derby] without feeling a pang or two then you’re not listening closely enough.”
– No Depression

“Pine Box Derby is a beautifully crafted, mixed and mastered song in the vein of some of the best singer-songwriters around… Mancini’s voice is so heartfelt it can melt the hardest of feelings.”
– East Coast Rocker

“[Pine Box Derby] delivers poignancy reminiscent of Jackson Browne and Dan Fogelberg, a delicate emotional perspective pregnant with mysterious symbolism.”
– Tattoo.com

Pine Box Derby is a right of passage, discarding toxic cycles and an innocence long forgotten, and Mancini learns to let go and blossoms into one of today’s most talented storytellers.”
– B-Sides & Badlands

“Rife with nostalgia and smoothly stunning musicianship, Pine Box Derby is an impressive offering from Mancini.”
– Sensible Reason

“[Pine Box Derby] is a highly contemplative and relatable bit of Americana…”
– MOXIPOP

“Pete Mancini has a great feel for the everyman. Fans of Ryan Adams should pay particular attention to [Pine Box Derby]…”
– Now Hear This Music

“[Pine Box Derby] has a comforting, warm recall to traditional folk, in relaying the times and tribulations of growing up and dealing with memories and nostalgia.”
– Obscure Sound

“[Pine Box Derby’s] lyrics are memorable, relatable, and intimate with a soft thematic approach.”
– Audible Addixion

Pine Box Derby is streaming on all major platforms:

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/6eo9wszan7AiVgzRT30Bp0…
APPLE: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1435642919
GOOGLE: https://goo.gl/yBCsua
AMAZON: http://a.co/d/5ktm1dd
MP3: http://www.diversion-records.com/album-pm-pbd

‘Pine Box Derby’ premiere at No Depression!

My first single for Diversion Records is premiering over at No Depression! Pine Box Derby was produced by yours truly, recorded at Paradiddle Studios, and features some amazing harmonies by Cassandra House. Thanks to Rachel Cholst of Adobe and Teardrops for the great write up!

Pine Box Derby is available for streaming/download on 10/9, and we celebrate the release at Berlin NYC on 10/19!