Butchers Blind
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Butchers Blind

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Americana Rock


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"Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention)"

"[Play for the Films] reminds me of my favorite parts of Wilco and the Jayhawks. I have it in the player in my car and just keep playing it." -


"Butchers Blind... fuses alternative rock with country music, creating a contemporary sound embedded in Americana roots." -

"No Depression"

"Fans of Wilco, Son Volt and the Jayhawks will quickly cotton to Butchers Blind, and they’ll be pleased to find the band’s music stands on the shoulders of alt.country giants rather than follows blindly in their footsteps." -

"New York Music Daily"

"[Mancini] sets his plainspoken, politically aware lyrics to a guitar-driven backdrop that evokes the early 90s alt-country of bands like Wilco, part classic country, part amorphous indie rock." -

"The Daily Vault"

"Destination Blues is an album that stays with you long after the music finishes." -

"From Under The Basement"

"[Destination Blues] proves they are a band that is evolving while creating and maintaining their very own identity in the alt-country world." -

"Jersey Beat"

"[Destination Blues] follows a great American tradition: excellent songwriting, genuine musicianship and ballsy rock n’ roll and country songs about drinking and fucking up and pouring your heart out." -

"Red Line Roots"

"The songs are tight, well written, and this is alt-country music at its finest." -

"Adobe and Teardrops"

"Destination Blues follows in the footsteps of the alt-country greats. I have a feeling that, pretty soon, Butchers Blind will be able to count themselves on that list." -

"Keys and Chords"

"‘Destination Blues’ is another important step in the development of Butchers Blind. All songs are tight. Alt-Country at its finest." -


"Their music is influenced by the usual alt-country heavies... but these guys have thoroughly integrated their influences into a sound that is all theirs." -


"[Destination Blues] has several would-be classics... lining up for thoroughly enjoyable forty minutes. So crack a beer and party like it’s 1996." -

"Popa Tunes"

"On [Destination Blues], the twang dangles like a tassel enticingly just out of reach, glanced from the corner of the eye reminding you yes, this is alt/country heading in a wonderful new direction." -


"...strong melodies with intriguing themes...disciplined and focused songwriting, and that bodes well for this promising band." -

"Bucket Full of Nails"

"...it’s the details and little moments that elevate Destination Blues to its own level of authenticity. " -


"The tunes are, for the most part, rock and roll. Pretty darn good rock and roll at that. " -

"Good Times Magazine"

"Butchers Blind manages to make relaxed music that somehow is exciting and challenging at the same time - a true rarity in the Long Island music scene." -


"Their melodies are ingratiating in the way of fine pop records, and Mancini is a vocalist whose vulnerability holds you from the first word." -


2011 - Play for the Films (Paradiddle Records)
2013 - Destination Blues (Paradiddle Records)
2014 - Thursday Girl b/w Mystery (Paradiddle Records)
2015 TBA - A Place In America (Electric Giant)



Butchers Blind are a band that plays American Music.  Their sound hearkens back to a simpler time before Rock & Roll was divided into a million small sub-genres and songwriting was still the order of the day.  One may be able to hear the influences of Uncle Tupelo, Gram Parsons and The Band in their songs, but the real magic is how they blend these ingredients into a musical recipe all their own. 

Butchers Blind formed in 2009 in Bellerose, New York.  Pete Mancini, Paul Cianciaruso, Brian Reilly, and Christopher Smith came together through mutual friends and a shared love of music.  In 2011, they signed with Paradiddle Records, an independent record label based out of Huntington, New York. That year they released their debut CD, Play for the Films. The Mancini-penned tunes on Play for the Films were inspired by travel journals kept by his father as well as experiences from his own cross-country travels.  The album was a critical success, garnering the band favorable reviews and radio airplay around the world. 

Their new record, Destination Blues, marks a significant step forward for the band. They are venturing into new musical territory while keeping one foot firmly grounded in the sound they established with their first record, Play for the Films. The focus for this album was on capturing the live energy of the band – which you can feel in the energetic performances throughout the record. When you listen to the music of Butchers Blind, it’s the performance and the songwriting that draws you in - and if you listen close enough, you can hear the future of American music in every note.

Butchers Blind has opened for Blues Traveler, Iain Matthews, Robbie Fulks, Turin Brakes, Marah, Yarn, Casey Neill, Steve Forbert, and James Maddock.

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