Tony Manard

I am an observer of the human condition. I am a teller of tales, and a singer of songs. I am a family sized bucket of deep fried contradictions and dirty jokes. I like most dogs, and some people. I have spent my entire life in the capitol of North Mississippi, Memphis. My friend Libby says I speak in jailhouse tattoos (full disclosure, I have never been incarcerated). I guess it makes the bio awkward, but I don’t speak about myself in the third person. I wouldn’t mind but there is no third person, there is me, and for the sake of art I would like to keep this mostly honest. I am married. I have two children and three dogs. I answer my own messages, and write my own songs. I’m not young, attractive or cool. I probably should have had someone else write this.

On to the facts. I am Memphis born and raised. I am active in the songwriting community here. I have played guitar in bands, worked as a stage hand, television engineer, cable guy, bingo card seller, and once as a pyrotechnics man for a rodeo. I'm a third generation (that I know of) bullshitter. I have collected stories and characters my whole life. My folks were teachers. I have been married forever, had kids too young, got them grown and am now resuming questionable behaviors. In Memphis I play with a few friends every Tuesday night (when I'm home) at a downtown bar called Belle Tavern. I also play occasionally with "The Big Ole Band" at venues in town. I typically go solo on the road. I got a guitar, a head full of songs and stories, a fairly reliable mini van and a wife that mostly keeps me out of trouble. I would love to come share some songs and laughs with you!


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