The Anchorage Press called his CD “a treat from beginning to end.” He has opened for the likes of: James Mathus (front man for Squirrel Nut Zippers), Dan Bern, and jazz piano legend Mose Allison. His music gets radio airplay from Alaska to California and points in between, and he's even played inside Folsom Prison.
The man KVMR Radio in Nevada City California calls "better than Greg Brown” is in town, with shows planned in Ridgway, Ouray and Montrose this weekend. Manning is touring Western North America in his 1965 VW Microbus. And yes, he is looking for VW parts.
Manning quit his day-job and committed to a year on the road, making a living playing music. That was three years ago, and he's still out there living the dream. He has songs to sing and stories to tell from his years on the road, gearing up to be the next folk legend right behind the likes of Ramblin’ Jack, Guy Clark, and of course Arlo Guthrie (who autographed his microbus.)
Manning's album Mobile Home Girl showcases his quality songs (and his interest in trashy women) with a depth and dimension that go way beyond the trailer park. It represents a collection of stories from London to North Carolina, and Nebraska to Alaska. With a voice that is most often compared to Tom Waits, Manning plays a mean piano and a soulful harmonica.
Check him out Canyon Creek Bed and Breakfast in Montrose this Friday, 7 p.m.; Switchback Tavern in Ridgway on Saturday, 9 p.m., and Back Street Bakery and Deli in Ouray on Sunday, 3-6 p.m.