"Billy Manzik’s latest album, All Together Now, has the energy of a pickup truck loaded to the brim with musicians as it barrels down a dusty road. Raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Manzik’s music reflects the influence of his country-singin’ mama and a mixed bag of other genres—all the while creating a driving sound held up by raucous drums, playfully passionate vocals, and upbeat guitar. Whether he’s gigging solo or with a full band, Manzik’s sound boasts a range and rhythm that few performers can hope to match." - Santa Cruz Good Times
In spring of 2014 the two founding members went into the studio with 15 songs written. Out of the 15 came their debut 6 song E.P. titled “Pocketknife”. This was released in May, 2014 and is available for free download at bandcamp.com. After the release, focus was turned to perfecting an intense, live show. They quickly added Matt’s brother, and drummer Ian McMahon to the band. By placing a solid rhythm section behind the piano and rotating cast of string instruments Piano Shoppe’s sound became solid, polished and ready for live performance. On any given night you can expect a blend of boot stompers, ballads and blues riffs, all featuring dual vocals and blazing piano leads.
Hoot and Holler:
Hoot and Holler is what you get when Amy Alvey (fiddle, vocals) and Mark Kilianski (guitar, vocals) combine their playing and songwriting forces. After touring with regional acts Mighty Tiny (Amy) and The Whiskey Boys (Mark), and jamming frequently on Boston's burgeoning string music scene for years, Hoot and Holler was born from both their love of American Folk music and Appalachian fiddle tunes. Since its formation, Hoot and Holler have entertained audiences all over the Northeast and Europe. In the summer of 2013 and 2014, Hoot and Holler joined the Massachusetts Walking Tour with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards (www.masswalkingtour.org), where they hike a hundred miles through different towns in Massachusetts and play free community concerts along the way. Their new EP "Nothing If Not Young" was released on October 29, 2014, supported by a Northeast tour spanning from Virginia to Boston. In January 2015 they will embark on their first West Coast tour, playing dates from Orange County, CA up to Seattle, WA.