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Getting to Know Marty Manous

The guitar was and is my first love, I almost immediately started writing when I first picked the guitar up. Singing came later. Performing is my passion and everything feeds into that.



“Marty’s music takes me on a soulful journey”

Marty Manous  was considered to be a guitar virtuoso at the early age of 16. Now, Marty is the lead guitarist, front man and composer for his band The Marty Manous Band.

Marty often performs and records with many side projects, working with names such as late drummer Cliff Davies (Ted Nugent and Grand Funk Railroad). He has opened and shared the stage with many top acts like Mother’s Finest, George Lynch of Dokken, The Fabulous Thunder Birds, Foghat, Todd Smallie of the Derek Trucks Band, Ricochet, and The Answer from the U.K. Marty released his first self titled album to a sold out crowd opening for Mother’s Finest.  Musical influences range from British blues, delta blues, progressive rock and jazz and country.

Wanting to know more about this wonderful player, I had a few questions.

When did you know that singer/songwriter was your future?

The guitar was and is my first love. I almost immediately started writing when I first picked the guitar up. Singing came later. Performing is my passion and everything feeds into that.

What is your training?

I graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music, where I studied under many great musicians; studying with Carl Culpepper and Jimmy Herring had a huge impact on my education and abilities. They are two truly amazing guitarist/composers. I am always pursuing knowledge. I study vocally at Jan Smith Studios and plan on continuing my education in music with a master’s degree.

Who are your Musical Idols and why?

I have so many influences; sometimes it’s hard to pin them down. I would say British blues bands like Jeff Beck, Cream, Free, and Led Zeppelin had a huge impact on me because they took the blues and made it heavy and added big guitar riffs. Warren Haynes and the Allman Brothers also influenced me a great deal with their songwriting and the ability to really take them to a new level live with intense performances. I am a guitar freak and Eric Johnson’s total command of the instrument and tone will always be apart of my playing. I love Joe Bonamassa and what he does as well. We have all the same influences and interpret them similar.Vocally, I gravitate to guitarist/singers because I can relate to their approach easier. Clapton, Warren Haynes, Bonamassa and so on.

Marty I love your Song “Day’s Past.” Tell me about it.

Thank you Kelleye, it’s always nice to hear that people enjoy my songwriting. Day’s Past is a true love song. I wrote it when I 16. I fell for a girl that I knew since 3rd grade. On a side note, it did not work out for me, and I don’t know if she even knows I wrote that song for her. I consider it a page in time and part of me growing up. I still enjoy performing it and every girl I’ve ever dated has told me that the song was about them. (Laugh) My female fan base tends to relate to that song more. I guess I tend to be a bit of a romantic some times.

Advice for young players?

My advice for younger musicians–I’m still fairly young–I would say is to educate yourself go to school, study music and music business. Never let anyone tell you that music is not a career and never play for free! Unless its for charity or your just jamming with friends. If you are educated and present a professional product you should be paid for it. No question.

I would like to thank you, Kelleye and The Backstage Beat for taking the time to do an interview with me and all the support that you give in the music community.

Catch Marty live:
Cove Bar and Grill~ Oct 26th & 27th
Niks Place ~Oct 28th
Cove Bar and Grill ~Nov 16th
Reds Timbers ~Nov 23rd

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando



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I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.


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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!



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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5



Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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