Bay Area fiddler Chad Manning has an excellent new record out with the whimsical title “Chicken on a Rocketship.” His third solo release showcases a variety of styles, and his complete mastery thereof. Fiddlefreak was drawn in by the compelling old-time tunes and songs, especially the new lyrics that Jody Stecher and Chad grafted onto the Edden Hammonds classic Sandy Boys. Other guests on this album include David Grisman, Laurie Lewis, Suzy and Eric Thompson, Jim Nunally and more… the cream of the crop in the NorCal bluegrass scene.
Chad is an amazing sawyer who is fluent in the languages of bluegrass, Western swing, Texas style, and old-time fiddling. He is in great demand among California bands, performing regularly with Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands and The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, among many others. Tom Rozum created the cartoon artwork on the cover depicting yes, a chicken on a rocketship. Enjoy!
LISTEN: Sandy Boys
LISTEN: Washington’s March/Pretty Little Girl
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