Canadian musician Billy Manzik has been compared to both& . But Billy owes and owns comparisons much broader than that! His new CD "AllTogethernow" shows an eclectic and electric influence that goes back to both The Band & Springfield....but always distincly Billy Manzik!
The 11 masterful cuts on his second album pays tribute to a plethora of both& Roll and influences. Produced by Chris Wardman ( & ) in Toronto, this CD will both rock and knock your socks off! I confess to being an "old school" kinda guy..brought up on 60's Rock and folk..maturing with Springsteen and . Billy Manzik rekindles that love for hard-drivin', slide-guitarin'. mouth harpin' music. This CD puts him somewhere between a Delta meeting and the Boss somewhere out on Highway 61...
From the hard-driving nervous energy of the opening cut "On A Road" through the Stevie Ray Vaughn sound of "Same Thing Goes"....Billy hits all the right notes. The mixing is masterfull..the back-ups melodious and the accompaniment magnificent. This is an album to remember..a threshold and breakthrough for a new artist. It is Bruce Cockburn meeting Jackson Browne..or Buffet meeting Dylan. Sometimes raucous..always rocking..rarely missing a beat..or a note..or a nuance.
Like the last cut.."Note to Self"...go out and buy this gem..it's a keeper!
You can listen to some of the music at the site below.
and you can listen/view a song from his 2007 self-titled debut album at this Youtube animation site;
Enjoy..as I did!