Austin McManus

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mr Austin Bradley McManus of Lubbock,Texas Previously of Wylie, Texas.Austin like to have lots of fun @the Blue light also when he isn't cooking, singing, and chasin' pretty women.

When and why did you start playing?
"I picked up my first guitar in March 2nd, 2014.  The day before I went to a concert for the very first time in my life.  It was the Four on the Floor tour in New York City. I was in awe of Randy Rogers and the other bands there (Abbott, Stoney Larue, and Wade Bowen) but something about Randy that made me say you could be that guy. The next day I bought a $100 Fender and the rest is history"

Which instruments do you play?
"I play guitar, I’m still learning so I wouldn’t call myself a true player yet, but I can get bye just fine. My other instrument would be my voice."

What was the first songs you learned?
"Since I fought myself how to play guitar a lot of the first songs I learned to play where the ones I was writing. But the first cover tune I ever learned, Tonight’s Not the Night for Goodbye by Randy Rogers."

Is your family musical?
"My mom was a singer in local plays and my step dad can hold his own on the guitar. But other then that I’m the weird artistic one of the family."

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

"Randy Rogers will forever be my hero, his style, vocal presence, life story and songwriting all seem to parallel in some way or another to my own life. His music really hits my heart. Plus people say I look just like him.

Wade Bowen also is a musician I admire, I like the tone of his music, its sad country with just enough happy in it, which is the way I like to write.

 Zane Williams also makes this list, He is the most humble rock star on planet earth, takes the time to actually talk to me on Facebook every once in a while, he’s a great advice giver.

 I also admire Kylie Ray Harris, we went to high school together and to see her doing so well chasing after the same dream I am gives me inspiration."

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

"Probably the same as above, with a little Turnpike Troubadours, John Mayer, Sean McConnell, and Thieving Birds mixed in."

What are your fondest musical memories?

" #1 is for sure seeing Kyle Park, Turnpike Troubadours, Casey Donahew Band, and Randy Rogers in Red Rocks this year. Blew my socks off, they also have some interesting laws in Denver that might have just increased the fun.
My first gig ever was also memorable, It was supposed to be a unpaid gig where I did about 10 songs opening up for the pro’s in Dallas, well I brought such a big crowd they made me play 3 sets throughout the night, I must of played at least 40 songs that night, I was exhausted but ended up making a cool $100 big ones minus the beer bill of course."

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

 "I grew up on CD’s, I remember when Cd’s first came out it was like you where holding a rocket ship. But back in the days I was defiantly not into country music, I was a boy band follower for the longest time before I grew out of it. (Still know every N sync and Backstreet Boys lyric) Also I would say Ive been more inspired by modern music, just the world I grew up in., I don’t even know how to work a record player."

Who are your favorite musicians?
"Like I said before Randy, but I've been branching out, local people around Lubbock like Benton Leachman , Cleto Cordero, Corey Killough, and Dalton Domino are not just great friends but some of my favorite people to listen to."

What is a typical week like for you?

"Monday’s are straight music days,  I have class until about 1pm then its straight home to practice my blue light set until around 5:30, I take a songwriting class at Tech that starts at 6 and goes until 9, I then drive straight to Blue Light, do my thing there and leave around 2 am.

The rest of the week is filled with studying, songwriting, and going to see peoples gigs around town, I like to go to all the Blue Light artists gigs no matter how small to show my support, Lately a lot of Dan Patterson, and Cleto Cordero shows keep me entertained. The weekend is hit or miss depending on what bands are in town. But I always watch the Tech game, the Nascar Race and the Cowboy games. "

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?

"I'm still pretty new around here so not a lot of traveling for me."

Best place to eat while on the road?

"Anyplace with Beer and Tacos."

What's the best town play in?
"Lubbock , Texas of course."

And here is just a little more about Austin :)

"The back story behind the music, is I grew up in Wylie graduated then two weeks later I left for the Marines, spend 14 months total in Afghanistan in 2/8 battalion 8th Marines, I’ve been married, I’ve been divorce, bankrupt and lost everything I ever owned. I have a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY and study food science at Tech.  My past makes for a good sad country song, which is the best kind."

thank you so much Austin!

xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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