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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.