This Saturday, March 5, local musician and singer-songwriter Tony Manard will unveil his latest solo effort, Sedan deVille Season 1, with a release party at the Memphis Made Taproom. Recorded entirely in a broken down 1964 Cadillac Sedan deVille in Manard’s back yard, the album presents a loose narrative inspired by hypothetical tales of hitchhikers, travelers, and the open road.
“I have been fooling around with old cars since I was a kid,” says Manard. “My Dad would buy old cars
that we would part out or fix up. One of the best parts of dragging home an old car is going through the
trunk and the glove box. Old receipts and things left behind give a glimpse into the lives lived in the car. I
started thinking of the Cadillac songs as stories told either by the driver or various passengers. The things
you talk about on long drives, or the conversations you have with yourself on the road. The theme of an
episodic serial started to emerge, every song a story or conversation that I would imagine being told in
the car. I took it a step further by introducing the series as a whole, and each song as an episode. It made
me think about radio plays, and it seemed to fit with the riding around in an old Cadillac theme.”
Here is a clip of Manard performing “Come Up,” a cut from Sedan deVille Season 1, inside the car:
The entire album is available for streaming/purchase here.