Come check out Dave Manning in the tap room tonight! He’s played Folsom Prison. He’s opened for the likes of Dan Bern, Mose Allison, and Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman James Mathus. He’s held up traffic all over the west puttering along in an old VW Microbus that Arlo Guthrie autographed. Dave is living his life in the old tradition of the traveling-storytelling songwriters.
Dave’s voice is most often compared to Tom Waits, and his style on the piano varies widely from soulful ballads to blues, country to boogie-woogie. He is the definition of an engaging performer; even improvising songs based on audience members’ names. He always brings along his fist-full of blues harmonicas that round out his sound. He is also an award-winning published poet, and has both spoken word and music releases.