Diversion Records Recording Artist Pete Mancini got his start as 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 were a hallmark of his work with his former band.
Mancini's songs have received glowing reviews and radio airplay around the world, and they continue to win over hearts and minds wherever they are heard. In 2018, he released a live EP, Alive in Patchogue. He is currently touring nationally with his band, the Hillside Airmen. Over the years, Mancini has opened for acts such as Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Marah, Steve Forbert, Kevin Gordon, and Iain Matthews.
Pete will be releasing a new album in early 2019 on Diversion Records, with the first single "Pine Box Derby" in October 2018.
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“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
“…Mancini has mastered an ability to capture the essence of a sound that once won wide appeal, not only in Nashville, Austin and Bakersfield, but frequently on the radio waves as well.”" - Goldmine
"Butchers Blind… fuses alternative rock with country music, creating a contemporary sound embedded in Americana roots." - Newsday
"Pete Mancini can bring three chords, the truth, and heartbreak as hard as anybody." - Wide Open Country
"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." - Redline 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
"[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 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