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MONDAY, 26 DECEMBER 2011 00:00 J.D. RAMEY MUSIC - FEATURES E-mail
From slinging trash to living in a VW van, musician Billy Manzik is roughing it and loving it
Back in his hometown of Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada, Billy Manzik was a local-boy-made-good, appearing at festivals and nabbing a performing spot at the reception for the Junos (Canada’s Grammy Awards). But offstage, the roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist was engaging in some unglamorous pursuits. “You can’t really [play music] full time in Thunder Bay,” he explains. “So I was throwing garbage bags in minus 40 weather … Oh, man—I took some horrible work.”
"Billy Manzik’s latest album, All Together Now, has the energy of a pickup truck loaded to the brim with musicians as it barrels down a dusty road. Raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Manzik’s music reflects the influence of his country-singin’ mama and a mixed bag of other genres—all the while creating a driving sound held up by raucous drums, playfully passionate vocals, and upbeat guitar. Whether he’s gigging solo or with a full band, Manzik’s sound boasts a range and rhythm that few performers can hope to match." | SCOTT MORLEY
Billy Manzik All Together Now (Independent)
If you like the wall-to-wall Americana roots then music of Canadian guitar slinger Billy Manzik is right up your musical avenue.
Varied and exciting, the music of Manzik and ensemble of pickers has both an eclectic and adventuress feel, as rock, country, blues and pop groove as in ‘Has Been’ slot in alongside one another.
#6 BILLY MANZIK* All Together Now Folk/Roots/Blues Folk/Roots/Blues 23-Feb-2010 RANK ARTIST TITLE (LABEL)
1 MATTHEW BARBER* True Believer (Outside)
2 DANIEL, FRED & JULIE* Daniel, Fred & Julie (You've Changed)
3 JAMES GORDON* My Stars Your Eyes (Borealis)
4 RICH BURNETT* Not So Blue (Self-Released)
5 SKETCHES OF AN AMOROUS WINDOW Sketches of an Amorous Window (Backporch Revolution)
6 BILLY MANZIK* All Together Now (Rawlco)
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