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Bobby Manriquez, a native Washingtonian guitarist, singer/songwriter,
has repeatedly broken through what for most is an
impenetrable barrier, rising from local to national and
international stages. He's also no stranger to a drum kit.
In the early 70's he shared lead guitar duties in a D.C. based band climaxing in the A&M; Records release of "Daddy's Girl" in 1976. During the same period, he was selected to be the lead guitarist for the touring band of Capitol Records artist Kathi McDonald, parts vocalist for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. Her just released album, "Insane Asylum" was manned by guitar greats Neil Schon of Journey and Ronnie Montrose. The new group joined such acts as Rufus, KISS, and Earth,Wind & Fire in entertaining U.S. audiences. Work with the late, great producer David Briggs (Neil Young, Alice Cooper, Nils Lofgren) began for Bobby as Capitol anticipated the release of a second album for Kathi.
The late 70's brought a very successful affiliation with gifted guitarist/songwriter Nils Lofgren, which saw extensive U.S. and European touring. This period also marked a continuation and increase in very positive press for Bobby including Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard Magazine and several large city papers. The bills included appearances with Santana, Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Derringer, and other greats . Also, such T.V. appearances as the London BBC recording of the "Old Grey Whistle Test" would later be released by Lofgren on a 1993 CD titled the same. What followed was a period of more than a decade which Bobby endearingly calls a "self- induced change of life," where full attention was devoted to improving on the kind of lifestyle that so many fell victim to in the 70's and 80's. He stopped playing.
Bobby reemerged in 1994-95 as the lead guitarist for soul legend Wilson Pickett. Obviously revitalized, Bobby further broadened the spectrum of his musical portfolio with authentic sureness and played shows in the states and abroad.
Bobby's first solo CD, "Another Shade of Blue(s)" has, in it's first year, received high acclaim from artists ranging from jazzy MIKE STERN to rocker NILS LOFGREN, from bluesman BOB MARGOLIN to funkster, and original Sly & Family Stone member / Eric Clapton drummer ANDY NEWMARK. After months of review from publications ranging from the WASHINGTON POST to BLUES REVUE Magazine, we've heard nothing but emphatic (and greatly appreciated) compliments on Bobby's musicianship and song-writing abilities. Thanks to everyone. Visit the sound sampler page for bytes from "Another Shade of Blue(s)"