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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.”

Good Times Santa Cruz Review

"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

InRetro Interview

Click here to listen to the interview / podcast with InRetro:
InRetro is based in Toronto, Canada Nancy Duffy conducted the interview which was originally braodcast on February 16th, 2011.

Americana UK Review

Billy Manzik “All Together Now” (Rawlco Radio 2009)

Americana UK

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.

No Depression Review

No Depression

"Billy Manzik’s “All Together Now” is a great record from an extremely versatile musician -" By ‘Rebel’ Rod Ames I received this record for review a couple weeks back and have listened to it twice so far, just trying to figure out why I haven’t heard of Billy Manzik before. As I’ve stated time and time again. I live in a very rural part of Texas where radio is about as bland as radio can get. There is one exception; Big G’s Texas Road Show, but that doesn’t even air until midnight which of course is way past this listener’s bedtime, unless I happen to be guesting on the show. When that happens, I have to take a nap in order to stay awake until 2am.

Babysue Review

Billy Manzik - AllTogetherNow (CD, Rawlco Radio, Pop/rock)

Once again a Canadian beats Americans at their own game. Thunder Bay, Ontario's Billy Manzik writes cool, bluesy, Americana-based pop/rock that is fueled by genuine sincerity. AllTogetherNow blasts off with the hyper Buddy Holly-ish "On A Road"...which serves as the perfect introduction. Manzik writes and records music that is classic in nature and inherently real. Instead of using technology as a tool to write and create, Billy's songs utilize traditional instruments and incorporate ideas from the past. And yet the songs never come across sounding like a retread of times gone by. And man, what a voice this guy has. Manzik is one of those up-and-coming artists who could easily become hugely popular if all the pieces just happen to fit together. Firmly addicting cuts include "Consigned," "The Needle Threads," and "Note To Self." Good solid stuff with a conscience.



"When I hear Billy play, I want to jump on stage and sing along! Great toe-tappin' music."
Cara Luft

"Billy Mandzuik is a great songwriter, right up there with Steve Earle and Ryan Adams."
Micheal Murphy
Mastering Supervisor, Capitol Records, Hollywood

It has been wonderful watching Billy grow as an artist over a short few years and to see and hear his work develop. Billy has crafted a sound and style that is compelling and authentic. Full of ideas and life his songs thoughtfully reflect and boldly challenge. In performance Billy has found his groove working with great players, employing dynamics and sophisticated chops. I’m a fan.
John Rutherford
Director, Music Programming Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts


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