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Music Video Monday: Tony Manard

POSTED BY  ON MON, NOV 13, 2017 AT 11:29 AM

It's a Music Video Monday smackdown! 
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It got real when director Libby Brawley created this video for Tony Manard's song "Mississippi (Why You Gotta Be So Mean?)"  

"We shot this at my folks place—that's them at the end in the convertible," says Manard. "I put the word out on Facebook to my friends to create the most bizarre character they could come up with and bring water guns to the family compound in the red clay hills of Northeast Mississippi. I bought hamburgers and hotdogs to grill, built some water balloon cannons and let the chaos unfold. Jada Brisentine-Smith (aka Scary Poppins) actually broke her leg on that jump. Despite the appearance of conflict, Shark and Panda are happily married. So two televisions, and one watermelon were shot, one leg was broken, along with several thousand bug bites and about 2 ponds of dirt in my boots. It was a fine day in the country." 

Tony Manard's third album KnowWhy is available right now on his website. Come get some of this brutal music video action:

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tony manard - sedan deville season one

memphis, tennessee singer/songwriter tony manard recorded his latest album in a non-functional cadillac deville in his backyard. it sounds down-home, the production constrained by the car to his gritty voice and a couple tracks of country blues picking. tony also added a narrative frame...the songs serve as episodes in a series, telling the stories of different characters who may have ridden in the deville.

i think tony found the right muse in this broken down icon of the american road. there is a real atmosphere to this album. recommended. it also has really great bandcamp liner notes.

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Tony Manard at Memphis Made Taproom

POSTED BY  ON FRI, MAR 4, 2016 AT 12:38 PM

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This Saturday, March 5, local musician and singer-songwriter Tony Manard will unveil his latest solo effort, Sedan deVille Season 1, with a release party at the Memphis Made Taproom. Recorded entirely in a broken down 1964 Cadillac Sedan deVille in Manard’s back yard, the album presents a loose narrative inspired by hypothetical tales of hitchhikers, travelers, and the open road.

“I have been fooling around with old cars since I was a kid,” says Manard. “My Dad would buy old cars 
that we would part out or fix up. One of the best parts of dragging home an old car is going through the 
trunk and the glove box. Old receipts and things left behind give a glimpse into the lives lived in the car. I 
started thinking of the Cadillac songs as stories told either by the driver or various passengers. The things 
you talk about on long drives, or the conversations you have with yourself on the road. The theme of an 
episodic serial started to emerge, every song a story or conversation that I would imagine being told in 
the car. I took it a step further by introducing the series as a whole, and each song as an episode. It made 
me think about radio plays, and it seemed to fit with the riding around in an old Cadillac theme.”

Here is a clip of Manard performing “Come Up,” a cut from Sedan deVille Season 1, inside the car: 

The entire album is available for streaming/purchase here.

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