For the Sake of the Song
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., Sept. 4, 2015
Lots of promise on Mike Manco's debut. The youthful songwriter gets ample help from local veterans Ron Flynt, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, and John Chipman in a mix that cycles between grit and radiance. Dark introspection drives the songs. Not quite folk, not really roots, Manco brings fey vocals and smart melodies to a sound that's singular.