John started writing and singing songs when he was working as a house painter in Crested Butte, Colorado. He originally thought this may have had something to do with the lower concentration of oxygen at such high altitude, but then he found he was able to continue writing and playing even while living at sea level, which he did in Southern Mississippi. He picked up a thing or two from the songwriters he met down there and began recording demos of his own songs. When he moved back to his hometown of Baltimore, MD, and started his own band, he had so many songs written he figured he'd just name the band after himself. They were known around town as JMB, recorded two full-length albums and toured up and down the east coast from New York to Virginia. Eventually heeding the familiar call of the road west, John picked up roots and moved to Los Angeles, reconnected with old friends and started new collaborations. The album Medicine Show is the first result of those efforts. Its songs reflect a desire for change and an understanding of loss, themes that have always resonated in John’s music, which aims to achieve a melodic balance of image, story and message.
The first of two 2015 EPs, Medicine Show, is John’s fifth studio project since his 2009 debut, JMB, which was praised by Billboard, Big Takeover, Relix Magazine and others for its songwriting and musicianship. Honing a lyrically centered folk-rock aesthetic that has come to define his sound, John has drawn comparisons to songwriters Gram Parsons, John Fogerty and Dr. John. His songs have played on non-com radio stations across the country and in Europe. They have also appeared on film and television in the U.S., France, Italy, Denmark, Australia and South Korea.
Here's what some people have said about John Mancini:
"Imagine Randy Newman singing songs written by John Fogerty and Dr. John."
-- Big Takeover Magazine
"A fun listen filled with crafty grooves and sharp musicianship."
-- Glide Magazine
"Mancini delivers lines that will make your girlfriends shiver."
-- Leeway's Home Grown Music Network