Year of Change
*************** Heartfelt vocals--Soaring guitar solos that grab your attention like a freight train--Songs that are powerful, playful, and unabashed rock and roll. *************** With two women and two men in the line-up, Bird Mancini continues to showcase strong, catchy rock and pop songs that are likely to have broad appeal on their new CD titled 'Year of Change'. Namesakes Ruby Bird on keys, harmonica, accordion, vocals, and Billy Carl Mancini on guitars and vocals, are joined by Kevin Mahoney on bass, vocals, and Southside Nancy Delaney on drums and backing vocals. Mancini is the lead songwriter, but all offer contributions, and as you might have guessed, with so many singers in the group, there is variety and freshness throughout this CD that fans find reminiscent of other broadly gifted groups such as Fleetwood Mac. Also like master groups who've influenced them, such as The Beatles, Bowie or the Stones, Bird Mancini easily fits under a wide rock umbrella, but refuses to be boxed into a single sub-category in their recorded work. Compared to their self-titled debut CD released in 2002, still deeply rooted in classic rock, blues and soul, the new rhythm section casts a decidedly roots feel to many of the new songs. Not surprising since both Delaney and Mahoney spent years backing up older Boston greats such as Silas Hubbard, Weepin' Willy, and the late Alabama Frank. Likewise, Bird and Mancini's earlier experience with The Sky Blues of Boston leaves a blue-tinged note on much, though not all, of what they do. Some songs are spare and lean in presentation, while others are lush with vocal harmonies, complex instrumental arrangements and intensely melodic guitar solos that some have compared to Eric Clapton. In addition to numerous radio and television credits accrued by Bird Mancini, various members have performed with a stellar cast of notable recording artists, including Gregg Allman, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Mighty Sam McClain, Orleans and Jonathan Edwards. Bird Mancini offers the visceral power of rock combined with improvisational complexity and emotional fireworks. No two Bird Mancini performances are alike, and their songs serve as a springboard for invention and pure chance. Says Cosmik.com of Bird Mancini: 'A pastiche of rock, blues, jazz, world and pop sounds that is instantly accessible, constantly creative.' Culture Shocker E-zine says: 'This band's unique composition consists of three amazingly talented vocalists...Of note, Ruby Bird has an amazing rough rich voice that will give you goose bumps. The vocals are complimented by equally powerful and well-performed instrumentals, including amazing guitar and bass playing...Where less talented artists have failed, Bird Mancini have made a truly unique sound that is all their own.'