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Jono Manson - Live from the KBAC Studio!

Interview and Live Music with KBAC's Ira Gordon

Date January 26, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Author Editor


Categories Entertainment & Nightlife


Jono Manson is a prolific singer/songwriter and seasoned performer, with a long track record that includes major-label releases as both recording artist and producer and extensive touring in the USA and Europe.

Jono just finished working with singer-songwriter Jaime Michaels on "The Man with the Time Machine" the follow-up to the artist's 2009 release "Crooked" which was also produced and recorded by Manson. He is also wrapping up work on "Tip My Hat" a collaborative project with singer/songwriter Kito Peters.

"John Popper and The Duskray Troubadours" will be released on March 1st 2011 on 429/Savoy Records. This new solo project from the Blues Traveler frontman was produced by Manson (recorded and mixed at The Kitchen Sink in Chupadero, NM during January/February 2010). Jono also co-wrote much of the material for the album. Other band members include Aaron Beavers (of Shurman), Kevin Trainor, Mark Clark and Steve Lindsay. 2011 Duskray Troubadours tour dates are currently in the works.

In May/June 2010, Jono produced an album for southern California roots-rocker Lee Simpson that is due to be released this fall on Simpson's own Vina Loam label. Also in June 2010, Jono finished recording and mixing an album of co-writes and duets with composer/songwriter/poet Donald Rubinstien. The collection of mostly acoustic recordings was gathered in sporadic sessions over the past year, is slated for release in December 2010.

Tao Seeger Band "Rise and Bloom" the latest project from the grandson of folk icon Pete Seeger was released in April 2010. The disc was produced by Jono Manson, who also plays guitar here. Just after completing work on the album, Jono played with Tao at Madison Square Garden, and served as guitarist in the "house band" for Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration, performing with Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Billy Bragg, Patterson Hood, Keller Williams, Eric Weissberg, Joan Baez, Toshi Reagan, Ani DiFranco, Richie Havens, Warren Haynes Tom Paxton, Tom Morello, and many many others including, of course, Pete Seeger.

The Barnetti Bros. Band "Chupadero" was released in January 2010 on Universal Records Italia. Produced by Jono Manson, this album features a "super group" comprised of Italian singer-songwriters Massimo Bubola, Andrea Parodi and Massimilliano Larocca, along with Manson himself. A bilingual concept album of songs about bandits and outlaws, the collection also includes performances by Terry Allen, Joel Guzman, Andrew Hardin, Chris Barron, Kevin Trainor, and Tom Russell. The project was recorded in the spring of 2009 at Jono's Kitchen Sink Studio.

In 2010, Jono also recorded and mixed Doug Jeffords' "West of the Pecos" , featuring a host of great New Mexico - based musicians, and appearances by Ollie O'shea and Chris Hillman. He also worked on albums for local heroes "Felix y Los Gatos", "Anthony Leon and The Chain", "High Octane Hellride" and "Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers"

"The gravelly-voiced Manson attacks the high art of low-rent songcraft with a paid assassin's precision." No Depression

"Manson was such a key player in transforming a bunch of dingy clubs into havens for roots music that he is often referred to as the "Godfather of the scene" Relix

Missed the live show?  No worries, you can watch the Hi-Def Vimeo version here!  So kick back, turn up the volume, and enjoy!

Be sure and check out Jono's website at for full tour information, news, music, etc.