Know Why

by Tony Manard

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These songs have been in the works for a few years. They grew up in beer joints, and songwriter nights, in coffee shops, and on porches. They grew up through the cracks of family, friendships, work, survival, and the sometimes difficult choices that come with being a “grown up.” They grew from the hard packed ground, of a hard ass town, that I am proud to call home. The title “Know Why” is a play on the common misspelling of my last name, kind of a goof, but it does raise a fundamental question. The fact is, I don’t know why. We do what we do because we have to.
With the help of some talented friends, I made the most honest record I could. I used the resources available to me. I enjoyed every part of the process. I present it to you without apology.


released June 14, 2017

Stephen Chopek – Drums
Carlos Gonzalez – Mandolin
Alice Hasen – Violin
Joe Hopkins – 12 String Guitar, Backing Vocals
Tommy Landers – Backing Vocals
Tony Manard – Guitar and Vocals
Vincent Manard – Rhodes, Hammond M3, Strings, Synth, Aztec Death Whistle
Brian Mulhearn – Electric Guitar
Barb McGavern – Backing Vocals
Jimmy Stephens Jr. – Bass
Cecil Yancy – Backing Vocals

Recorded by Harry Koniditsiotis at Five and Dime in Memphis, Tommy Landers at Mann Haus Music and Tony Manard at everywhere
Produced by Tony Manard
Album Art by Andrea Manard
Photography by Chessie Manard
Layout by Bobby Walker



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Tony Manard Memphis, Tennessee

I am an observer of the human condition. I am a teller of tales, and a singer of songs. I am a family sized bucket of deep fried contradictions and dirty jokes. I like most dogs, and some people. I have spent my entire life in the capitol of Mississippi, Memphis. I am married. I have two children and two dogs. I answer my own messages and write my own songs. I’m not young, attractive or cool. ... more

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