After performing in 2012’s Canandaigua Art & Music Festival, Automatic James is back with a new name and a new sound. We talked to Eric Manzler who plays guitars and vocals in the band and mentions that the band came together with “old friends and new ones.” The band consists of John Goodnow on bass, Jimmy Burns on drums, Manny Gaspar on keyboards & vocals and Jeff Longcore on guitar & vocals. According to Eric, the name is “more fun if people use their imaginations!”
The band plays a mixture of covers, which ranges from The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Incubus, Jack Johnson and even the Dixie Chicks (yes, the Dixie Chicks). They also compose original pieces and one of their most popular numbers is titled Memphis Blue, which was written by Jeff. Their musical inspiration is eclectic with a little bit of blues, and rock and roll with notable sounds from James Taylor, Bob Dylan and the Beatles.
Festivalgoers have been warned; these guys may go on a 20-minute improvisational jam if the mood hits them. Eric, John and Manny has lived in Canandaigua before and the band is excited to come back home to perform for those who have enjoyed hearing them perform!