David Scott Norton and the Honky-Tonkin’ In # Project™ are proud to bring their celebration of Honky-Tonkin’ In #NYC™ to Feinstein’s/54 Below! Directed and produced by Acadia Music Group, Inc, this is a recording and concert series capturing the spirit of traditional country music around the country. Featuring classic country music from the golden era of country music, singer David Scott Norton and the Honky-Tonkin’ In # Project™ brings some of the best talent on the local music scene together in various cities around the country. Join us as the golden era of country music come to life with a #NYC influence for this one night only show!
Along with David Scott Norton, Honky-Tonkin’ In #NYC™ at Feinstein’s/54 Below features veteran New York, New York musicians Michael Sansonia (Honky-Tonk Piano), Van Manakas (Lead Country Guitar), and Steve Alcott (Standup Double Bass).
Michael is a musical director, lyricist/composer, and music producer with an extremely varied background. He formed and performed with a Medieval ensemble for the premier of Robin and Marian (starring Sean Connery), and a Country-Western band for the South African equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. He’s a former musical director for National Lampoon’s live shows and television specials, including Class of ’86, for which he also wrote several songs. He has appeared in several Broadway, New York and Off-Broadway shows as an actor/musician.
Van is a critically acclaimed artist and recognized by the musical press as one of the most versatile and respected guitarists in the country. His Rounder Records release, Love Songs exemplified his artistry and was enthusiastically received. Known for his expertise in indigenous guitar… styles, he has toured 50 states and five continents. As a session player Van has recorded on scores of national recordings in New York, New York and Nashville, Tennessee. Van’s compositions have graced four movie soundtracks and a charted country song. Van has received the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Special Merit award for his compositions.
Steve was raised in Texas and has been a freelance bassist in NYC since 1979. His musical interests and experience are eclectic, including jazz with a variety of players from trad to bebop, klezmer with Don Byron, “folk/swing” with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Off-Broadway, and 20+ years of Western Swing/honkytonk with Western Caravan. He is also principal bass in the Riverside Orchestra.