September 21st, 2023 7pm Stage 2
Pete Mancini got his start as the frontman and songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. In 2017 he released his debut solo album Foothill Freeway, which explored the Americana influences that were a hallmark of his former band. The album garnered rave reviews from NPR, No Depression and Newsday. He hit the road to support the album and made his network television debut on NBC’s Today in Nashville.
His second full length album Flying First Class was released in 2019. The album was met with critical acclaim and made Mancini’s debut appearance on the AMA radio charts (top 200). Extensive tours of the East Coast, Midwest and South followed, establishing Mancini as a national artist.
In the Summer of 2020, Mancini flew down to Dial Back Sound in Water Valley MS to begin work on his third album, Killing The Old Ways. The 10 song album, produced by Matt Patton (Drive By Truckers) and Bronson Tew, marks a significant artistic leap forward. The album features contributions from Jay Gonzales (Drive By Truckers), Jameson Hollister, Schaefer Llana and Horace Willis. The album will be released April 8th, 2022 on Paradiddle Records.
Over the years, Mancini has opened for acts such as Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Marah, Steve Forbert, Amy Helm, Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, Jesse Dayton, Kevin Gordon, and Iain Matthews.
Kasey Anderson broke through into national attention in 2007 with "Don't Look Back" from his sophomore album, The Reckoning, produced by Eric Ambel. Two years later, Nowhere Nights (also produced by Ambel), brought praise from No Depression, Paste, The Village Voice, the Onion AV Club and a chorus of fellow artists, including Counting Crows, who covered Anderson’s song Like Teenage Gravity on their 2012 album Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation).
Substance use and legal issues drew Anderson away from the music business for a number of years but he returned in 2018 under the moniker Hawks and Doves, releasing From a White Hotel, which once again found Anderson's songwriting championed by Rolling Stone, WXPN, No Depression, Bob Lefsetz and others.
Anderson's newest release, Let the Bloody Moon Rise — produced by Kurt Bloch and featuring an all-star backing band led by Andrew McKeag and Mike Musburger, with cameos from Mike McCready, Jeff Fielder, David Immergluck and Tim Rogers, among others — is, in the words of Hanif Abdurraqib, "a reclamation of the gifts [Anderson] has to offer"; a reminder that "the parts of us that have not been our best were also capable of some magic, and that magic deserves a life, if we can swing it."