LISTEN: John Mancini Band Drops Homespun Folk Charm On “Mississippi”

John Mancini started writing songs while working as a house painter in Crested Butte, Colorado, and began performing regularly when he moved to Southern Mississippi in 2004. Returning to his hometown of Baltimore, MD, in 2007, he started JMB, recorded two full-length award-winning albums, and toured the Mid-Atlantic from NY to VA until 2012.

Picking up roots again in 2013, John moved to California to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. He recently settled in the Bay Area where he recorded Halfway Home, his second EP of 2015. He then formed the newgrass group, Broken Barrels and released their debut album, A Little off the Top, in 2016.

With a soft and inviting candor armed with charming warmth, Mancini creates a homespun gem on “Mississippi.” Combining folk and indie elements, the sterling singer-songwriter proves he can enable Prine comparison while evoking his own unique artistry. While remaining under the radar, let’s hope Mancini gets that opening gig for Todd Snider he so surely would accommodate fantastically.

“The idea for this song came from the year I lived in Southern Mississippi, seeing a lot of good music between Hattiesburg and New Orleans,” says Mancini.

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