McManaman – Alibis (2008)
Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska,
Ron McManaman headed to Fourth Street and Vine in
Kansas City to make home and pave his way these
days as a performing singer/songwriter alongside
harmonica blues man, Rick Peer. His first music
stint was trying to sell his songs in the hard-to-break
Nashville scene. Since that time he’s followed
his heart and focuses on blues and rock these days.
His schedule is 5-6 gigs a month in and around the
KC area. On his CD he played guitar and bass as
well as performed all vocals. The songs on “Alibis”
are all original. This marks his second CD though
his debut as a solo performer. Prior he was part
of Dog Town.
you on a journey thru relationships and hard times.
While it’s still the blues, the lessons are
good with the goal to leave you in a better place.
Ron’s theory is you don’t have to have
the blues to sing the blues. Like many a bluesman
Ron has chosen a strat as his tool of the trade.
He started playing at age sixteen some forty years
ago. These eight fresh tracks are from stale old
1. Turning Point
2. Don't Tell Me No Lies
3. Can't Live With That
4. Diamond Eyes
5. Don't Need My Alibis
6. Loser At Love
I found these songs kinda
mellow yet extremely pleasing to the ears. Some
of the songs had harmonic which sounded g-o-o-d
and there was a little ivory keys too. His guitar
playing is a bit understated, vocally this guy sounds
great. My favorite song here is Don’t Tell
Me Lies. Ron’s in the calendar, check out
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen,