September Tour Dates + Wes Houston Presents!

I am happy to announce a few shows on the road in September supporting some great artists: Iain Matthews, Arty Hill, Michael VM, Blue Cactus, and Kevin Gordon. More details:

9/3 – Bradstock XXIV, Center Moriches NY
9/9 – Lighthouse Waterfront Cafe, Glen Cove NY (w/ Iain Matthews) CANCELLED
9/13 – Rooster + Hen, Catonsville MD (w/ Arty Hill)
9/14 – The Cave – Chapel Hill NC (w/ Michael VM, Blue Cactus)
9/15 – Douglas Corner Cafe, Nashville TN (w/ Kevin Gordon)
9/22 – House Concert, Stroudsburg PA (w/ Iain Matthews)
9/23 – Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Brooklyn NY

I was recently invited back to film a brand new episode of Wes Houston Presents, this time in the round with Jim Allen and Wes. We had a great time swapping songs, thanks to Jimmy and the 4VS crew. Broadcast dates/times will be announced soon, but for now you can check it out here:

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‘Foothill Freeway’ Press Roundup!

I am happy to report Foothill Freeway has received some great reviews over the past few months since it’s release! Here is what some folks have to say about the record:

“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.”
-NPR

Foothill Freeway is by far Mancini’s strongest work yet.”
– No Depression

“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.”
-The Daily Vault

“Like the perfect pair of your favorite boots, caked with dirt and broken in from excessive wear, [Foothill Freeway] is a record that will stand the test of time and surely get its use from the owner.”
– Red Line Roots

Foothill Freeway contains ten tremendous songs by a singer songwriter who is at the very peak of his powers and who should really be spoken of in the same way as Farrar, Tweedy, Adams were in their early days of worldwide acclaim…”
– American Roots UK

“[Foothill Freeway] is both an homage to past greats such as the Byrds as well as a fitting statement by Mancini that American roots music never can and never will fade away.”
– Good Times Magazine

“[Mancini’s] eye for telling detail in his lyrical observations and his knack for ingratiating hooks helps to set him apart from the Americana pack.”
– Culture Sonar

Foothill Freeway is currently available over at Bandcamp and wherever else music is streamed or sold!

‘Foothill Freeway’ available now!

I am happy to announce that ‘Foothill Freeway’ is available now on Paradiddle Records!  I had a great time at the Patchogue and NYC release shows, thanks to everyone who came out to support and my musician friends for lending their talents!

The album is available for streaming and purchase at Bandcamp, as well as the Paradiddle Records website.

“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.”
-NPR

“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.”
-The Daily Vault

“Like the perfect pair of your favorite boots, caked with dirt and broken in from excessive wear, this is a record that will stand the test of time and surely get its use from the owner.”
– Red Line Roots

“‘Foothill Freeway’ contains ten tremendous songs by a singer songwriter who is at the very peak of his powers and who should really be spoken of in the same way as Farrar, Tweedy, Adams were in their early days of worldwide acclaim…”
– American Roots UK

Foothill Freeway is by far Mancini’s strongest work yet.”
– Adobe and Teardrops

In addition to these reviews, check out a few interviews I did with NewsdayThrow the Dice and Play Nice, and The Daily Vault.

The response to the album has been great, thank you all for your support!  Stay tuned to this page for more updates and shows!

‘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!

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/521952153/521952982

“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:

Tracklist:
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

LP update + Wes Houston Presents!

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.

My Heart Sings The Harmony

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.