Manning is back in the U.S. after a tour and album project in Scotland. The Album was fan-funded by a Kickstarter.com fundraising effort by Manning. “In the new internet paradigm for music, folk no longer expect to pay for music, but surprisingly, they don’t mind if you ask for money.”Manning launched his Kickstarter in July, and exceeded his funding goal. “I was relieved the day it reached 100%. With Kickstarter, if you don’t reach your funding goal, you get none of the money pledged. It’s a gamble.”
Gambling is familiar to Manning, playing all over Nevada. I love the wide open spaces. I consider the three great American Deserts my home. I maybe the only musician to play at Silverpeak Brewing AND in Silverpeak the town; population 107. Manning will be playing at Goldfield Days on his way to Reno.
The new album, due out this winter, was recorded at house in the Scottish Highlands built in 1607. The piano Manning used hadn’t even been moved since 1927. The fiddler from well-known traditional Scottish band the Old Blind Dogs produced the album. “Jonny Hardie is an amazing musician.” Manning said, “It was a true privilege to record with him. That house, and that piano with all it’s history, stories, and ghosts was the perfect place to record this emotional album.”
Reno’s Smoothest Slide Guitar; Jack Rudesill will be laying down tracks on the new Album, and joining Manning for his area shows. “I get so distracted listening to the great guitar lines Jack lays down, that sometimes I forget to keep playing.”