Billy Manzik

Billy Manzik

BandRockFolk

A bold, new take on roots-inspired rock and roll music, with the soul and spirit of the 61 Highway. Billy Manzik's journey began where said highway officially ends.

Biography

"Billy Manzik is a great songwriter, right up there with Steve Earle and Ryan Adams."

- Michael Murphy, Capitol Records Mastering

Billy Manzik's journey began where Highway 61, the 'Blues Highway', ends - in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The soundtrack for his childhood was provided by his guitar-slinging, country singing mother, and her love of all things sound. His 2007 debut recording, 'Billy Manzik', received extensive radio play across Canada and abroad, charting well on college radio, as well being featured on CBC Radio's "Key Of A". His performance at the 2008 Alberta Songwriter Sessions was recorded and broadcast nationally on CBC. He and his band were invited to kick off the 2008 Juno Awards (Canada's Grammy awards) with a spirited performance at their awards reception.

Billy Manzik's new album, 'AllTogetherNow', is music for modern times. It was produced by Chris Wardman (The Tragically Hip, Randy Bachman, The Watchmen, among others) in Toronto, Canada. Diverse music with plenty of energy, hope, a touch of melancholy, but mostly, just plain fun.

'AllTogetherNow' was created by a seasoned group of accomplished musicians, with noted piano/keyboardist Geoff Hilhorst (Deep Dark Woods) lending his hands in the shaping of it's sound. It is a modern, roots-rock take on our changing times. Aware, without dispair.

2010 promises to be another busy year for Billy Manzik with the release of 'AllTogetherNow'.


Past Highlights:

- Invited to perform at the 2008 Juno Awards Reception in Calgary, AB.

- Shared a stage with Canadian greats Blue Rodeo at the Warner Brothers 2008 Juno Awards Weekend Wrap-Up Event.

- Performed on the main stage for the City of Calgary's Canada Day Celebration in 2008 and 2009.

- "You Didn't Know Me", from 'Billy Manzik', received a short film treatment and placed #4 on CBC BC's top 5 songs of 2007.

- Shared stages and bills with very diverse artists and acts; Blue Rodeo, Grady (Gordie Johnson of Austin, Texas), Elliot Brood, Justin Rutledge, Deep Dark Woods, violinist Bill Zulak (Crash Test Dummies), and many more.

- Awarded a grant from Canada's Rawlco Radio in their 10K20 Program, helping to fund 'AllTogetherNow'.

- National live-concert broadcast on CBC Radio's "Concert On Demand".

- Performed at the NXNE Conference 2008 in Toronto, ON.

- Performed at numerous festivals and clubs, coast to coast in Canada.

Lyrics

Hannah

Written By: Billy Manzik

Oh Oh Hannah… shine a light on me
Oh Oh Hannah… shine a light on me
‘Cause with these clouds above, I just can’t see

Oh Oh Hannah… brighten up the day
Oh Oh Hannah… give me something to say
‘Cause with these thoughts inside
There must be another way
And when the rain comes down, and you’re no where to be found
And I can’t find a reason to believe
I just look above and pray to thee

Oh Oh Hannah… what else can I say?
Oh Oh Hannah… please come out today
‘Cause then she work is done, and hen it’s time to play

And when the rain comes down, and you’re no where to be found
And I can’t find a reason to believe
I just look above and pray to thee

And when the rain comes down, and you’re no where to be found
And I can’t find a reason to believe
I just look above and pray to thee
I just look above and pray to thee
I just look above and pray to thee

Discography

LP "Billy Manzik" - 2007

Radio play and podcasts on numerous stations worldwide:

"You Didn't Know Me"
"Sounds"
"Hannah"
"One More Time"
"Alone And Blue"
"Back To Hell Again"
"Woman Versus Nature"
"Take This Bottle"
"Intro"

LP "AllTogetherNow" - 2009 (soon to be released!)

Set List

Originals:

You Didn't Know Me
One More Time
Hannah
Take This Bottle
Woman Versus Nature
Game Of Love
Nowhere Left To Go
Back To Hell Again
All About Me
Alone And Blue
Sounds
Note To Self
On A Road
Consigned
Same Thing Goes
On To You
The Needle Threads
Has Been
Time Passes
AllTogetherNow

Covers:

Long Distance Love - Little Feat
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
That's Alright Mama - Crudup
I Know You Rider - Traditional
Ride The River - JJ Cale/Eric Clapton
Orange Blossom Special - Rouse
Crazy Mama/Call Me The Breeze - JJ Cale
Five Foot Two - Gerome/Schwartz
Feel Your Love Tonight - Van Halen
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry - Bob Dylan
61 Highway - Mississippi Fred McDowell

and many more...

Depending on venue requirements, sets are usually 45-60 minutes in length, with 2-3 sets per event.