‘Sweethearts of the Rodeo’ streaming at NPR + first review at the Daily Vault!

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!

‘Foothill Freeway’ available May 4 on Paradiddle Records!

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