Pete Mancini & Richard Lanahan
Through the years, the influence and legend of Gene Clark have only grown. He possessed one of the most beautiful, aching vocal styles of any American musical artist of the mid-60s through the 70s. He was also a fine songwriter. His place in the Byrds is often undervalued and overshadowed by his more well-known bandmates, who continued on with
Through the years, the influence and legend of Gene Clark have only grown. He possessed one of the most beautiful, aching vocal styles of any American musical artist of the mid-60s through the 70s. He was also a fine songwriter. His place in the Byrds is often undervalued and overshadowed by his more well-known bandmates, who continued on with fruitful careers for many years. Silent Troubadour features nine Clark originals and one new non-Clark song, the title track “Silent Troubadour,” written by Pete Mancini. The band's core is a simple three-piece set-up with Pete Mancini on guitar, bass, and vocals, Rich Lanahan on guitar and vocals, and Bill Herman on drums. Mancini has made several critically acclaimed solo albums, was part of Butchers Blind, and is currently leading the Hillside Airmen. Additionally, Eleanor Whitmore contributes fiddle, string arrangements and vocals, and Chris Masterson plays pedal steel. The album offers a well-chosen array of music from Clark’s solo albums, the early Byrds and the 1973 Byrds reunion album and his collaborations with the Gosdin Brothers, the Dillards and Carla Olson. “Feel A Whole Lot Better” is about the most well-known song, but the rest, particularly the solo and collaboration material, is the musical foundation of the Clark legend. "Pete Mancini And Rich Lanahan’s cover of “Gypsy Rider,” serves as a haunting yet beautiful tribute to the mastery of Gene Clark. It’s a stunning recording." - Classic Rock History
"[Silent Troubadour] is a deeply felt song that clearly comes from the heart, and it’s nice when a musician can pay deep respects to one who came before, especially Gene Clark, who so deserves it." - Americana Highways
"[Silent Troubadour] is a well-crafted, well-curated, lovingly presented tribute to singer/songwriter Gene Clark... Kudos to Pete Mancini, Rich Lanahan, Bill Herman, Eleanor Whitmore, and Chris Masterson for a wonderful tribute to one of popular music's unsung heroes." - John Einarson (Author, Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds' Gene Clark)
"[Gene] Clark, a founding member of the Byrds, left this mortal coil too soon, and the desolate interpretations Mancini and Lanahan provide of his music amply demonstrate why he should not be forgotten." - Adobe and Teardrops
"Silent Troubadour – The Songs Of Gene Clark pays affectionate tribute to one of the most underappreciated talents of his generation, with Pete Mancini and Rich Lanahan giving their all to a set of songs that deserve every bit of the love they receive here." - The Daily Vault
The Spotlight Column By Lee Zimmerman A selected sampling of indie albums that reside just below the radar… Pete Mancini & Rich Lanahan (from the album Silent Troubadour: The Songs of Gene Clark available on Paradiddle Records) Mancini and Lanahan, singer/songwriters who hail from New York, confirm their credence by banding together and joining forces with Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson — the duo better known as The Mastersons — as well as drummer Bill Herman, for an album that pays tribute to the music of the great Gene Clark. Clark, a founding member of The Byrds and a superb solo artist in his own right. Sadly, he was taken way too soon, a victim of his own demons and despair. Pete Mancini and Rich Lanahan pay due respect by evoking the passion and pathos that fueled such songs as “Train Leaves Here This Morning”, “She Don’t Care About Time”, “Tried So Hard”, and “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better”, thanks to renditions that hew to the original arrangements. A moving and memorable collection, it finds the pair serving Clark’s legacy well. The sole original comes in the form of the title track, a beautiful ballad that pays tribute to Clark through a similarity to his sound and style. Ultimately then, this Silent Troubadour speaks volumes.