Butchers Blind formed in 2009 in Bellerose, New York. Pete Mancini, Paul Cianciaruso, Brian Reilly, and Christopher Smith came together through mutual friends and a shared love of music. In 2011, they signed with Paradiddle Records, and released two critically acclaimed LP’s: Play For The Films (2011), and Destination Blues (2013). The albums garnered the band glowing reviews and radio airplay around the world. Constant live shows and regional touring have cemented the band’s reputation as a solid live act. After releasing Thursday Girl b/w Mystery (2014), the band signed with Electric Giant Productions and released A Place in America (2015). The EP made several year-end lists, and saw one review published in My Heart Sings The Harmony, a book by noted rock critic Jason Warburg. In 2017, the band announced they would be going on indefinite hiatus.

Butchers Blind has opened for Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Marah, Yarn, Turin Brakes, Jerry Joseph, and The Last Hombres.

“[Play for the Films] reminds me of my favorite parts of Wilco and the Jayhawks. I have it in the player in my car and just keep playing it.”
– Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention)

“The Bellerose quartet plays true Americana, the kind usually inspired by wide-open spaces and the history of country and acoustic blues.”
– Newsday

“Fans of Wilco, Son Volt and the Jayhawks will quickly cotton to Butchers Blind, and they’ll be pleased to find the band’s music stands on the shoulders of alt.country giants rather than follows blindly in their footsteps.”
– No Depression

“[Mancini] sets his plainspoken, politically aware lyrics to a guitar-driven backdrop that evokes the early 90s alt-country of bands like Wilco, part classic country, part amorphous indie rock.”
– New York Music Daily

“Cinemascope songwriting backed by powerhouse performance.”
– The Daily Vault (Best of 2015)

“[Destination Blues] proves they are a band that is evolving while creating and maintaining their very own identity in the alt-country world.”
– From Under the Basement (Best of 2011)

“There’s a rugged, blue collar feel running through this EP that emits a tremendous amount of sincerity which leads me to believe that if bands like Son Volt or The Jayhawks ever meant anything to you… Butchers Blind will, too.”
– New Noise Magazine (5 Stars)

“[Destination Blues] follows a great American tradition: excellent songwriting, genuine musicianship and ballsy rock n’ roll and country songs about drinking and fucking up and pouring your heart out.”
– Jersey Beat

“Their melodies are ingratiating in the way of fine pop records, and Mancini is a vocalist whose vulnerability holds you from the first word.”
– Hyperbolium