"Bobby- you're a gifted,soulful and inspired player."
- CARLOS SANTANA
(from personalized album/ "Amigos" tour)
"...when have four guitarists
( Lofgren, Johnson, Derringer and Manriquez) this good been on
the same stage on the same evening lately?"
- Dave Marsh, ROLLING
"...an idiosyncratic masterwork
- you never know where he's going, but you're glad you're along
for the ride...A tremendous solo guitarist...he's (Manriquez is)
a master of time and intonation...Buoyed by an underlying spirituality
that Stevie Ray Vaughn fans will recognize...one of the year's
most interesting records. * Highly Recommended * "
- Jeff Calvin, BLUES
REVUE Magazine June, 2001
" Man ! Unbelievable !
You play great...great tone, too. That stuff is SMOKIN'!! Bobby
Manriquez plays and sings with a lot of heart and a lot of soul,
and that comes through on his CDs. Sounds beautiful !"
- Atlantic Records
Jazz guitar great MIKE STERN
" Bobby, you're a great
guitarist; you got BALLS. Not many have those kinda balls."
- the late, GREAT
producer of STARS such as NEIL Young, ALICE Cooper, Spirit, NILS
Lofgren, and BOBBY (Capitol Records/Kathi McDonald (unreleased) - *DAVID BRIGGS*(R.I.P., my friend)
" It ain't no secret....
Bobby Manriquez is a bad cat ! He's way ahead of the game with
all the feel he shows you in his playing...wanna blow your mind?
Check out the live track "Smokehouse" on his CD"
- Bringing special
honor to this stellar collection of supporters, the "funky-bass"
backbone of ( Chaka Khan's) "RUFUS," BOBBY WATSON
"Even over my funky computer
speakers, I can tell you sure have a fine, soulful sound, Bobby....... alright
- The one and only
"Bobby is one of my favorite
guitarists. His soulful, mischievous blues style always makes
my heart smile. Check it out. You'll love it! Well done, Bobby
- E-Street Band lead
guitarist NILS LOFGREN
"Listen here...THAT boy can PLAY !!"
- Soul legend WILSON PICKETT(R.I.P.)
"We LOVE it !!" "The DJ
went nuts over all of your stuff."
- Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones,
Tina Turner vocalist and Merrimac recording artist KATHI McDONALD (R.I.P.)
"Manriquez has a winning
way with the blues." .. "shimmering guitar work" ... "fluid soloing"
... "stinging tone ... (all) illustrate his versatility and promise."
- Mike Joyce, THE WASHINGTON
"The disc finds Manriquez
in fine voice, a plaintive high-register wail that is a perfect
complement to his searing leads."
- Dave Nuttycombe, THE WASHINGTON
"Manriquez shows he's still
got a grasp on what's hip..." "Snippets of some searing live playing
reveal an intensity and dexterity that rival long-gone axe-grinders
Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton. With chops like his, it's doubtful
that Manriquez will be little noticed for long."
- Lou King, THE MONTGOMERY
"Manriquez helps his own
cause by his imaginative soloing.....tastey slide and searing
electric guitar breaks"
- Ron Weinstock, THE D.C.
"I've listened to it ...
his playing is as good or better than anything I heard on Potomac
Street at this year's Blues Fest."
- Bob Maginnis, editorial
page editor, THE HERALD MAIL newspapers
" I was TOTALLY knocked
out ... smokin' ! You played your ass off ! It was all fantastic
- Eric Clapton, Sly &
the Family Stone drummer extraordinaire ANDY NEWMARK
"Bobby Manriquez is an
amazing musician....All should be thankful that this guitarist
has graced us with a gem to add to the collection of Blues guitar
albums that never sit on the shelf long enough to gather dust."
- L. Belanger for ROLLING
"Bobby's always reaching
for the next level of inspiration; one of the original new blues-and-funkateers.....OUTSTANDING
- The sought-after singer/songwriter
and bassist for artists from (the late) "Temptations" Eddie Kendricks
to rocker Nils Lofgren, WORNELL JONES
"I think Bobby Manriquez
puts together the best of blues and rock with his own personal
style and sound. It's
the advanced, maturely-conceived expression
from an experienced player.But mainly, I just got into it and
enjoyed it deeply."
- Well respected, talented
former Muddy Waters guitarist and soulfully endowed blues artist,
"Steady-Rollin" BOB MARGOLIN
"That CD is GOOD !!" I
love the big, wide-open, singing tone Bobby gets on the guitar......reminds
me of the dance halls in Texas and Oklahoma."
- The late JANIS
JOPLIN guitarist and founding member of "Big Brother and the
Holding Company," SAM ANDREW
"I listened to every song on the CD. I loved every one of them !"
- Bluesman Deluxe, JIMMY
"...the quality of the
material is excellent...Bobby's guitar playing , songwriting and
singing is soulful and evocative and comes from the heart"
- BLUES ASSOC., S. QUEENSLAND,
AUSTRALIA Feb., 2001
"If the playing
on tracks such as "G-Blue" and "The Boogie Man's Comin'" doesn't
RIP your head off, the incendiary instrumental track "Smokehouse"
can always do the trick. Manriquez definitely brings an original
approach to the blues.....Manriquez is no slouch behind the microphone
- GUITAR NINE RECORDS, "The
Undiscovered," Feb./ March 2001
is a favorite of many musicians across the country. It's no wonder
that people like Nils Lofgren speak highly of Manriquez and his
prowess as a guitar slinger...a well-done, self-produced effort
that deserves listening from anyone who's a fan of Blues laced
- MN BLUES on Stage March 2001
say who's going to be the "next big thing," but if I were a riverboat
gambler, I'd lay odds on Bobby Manriquez."....listen is what you'll
want to do once you hear the first cut from Bobby Manriquez's debut
album, "Another Shade of Blue(s)" This CD definitely falls into
the category of great...." his chops are at once menacing, soulful,
and ferocious. Manriquez's vocal style is reminiscent of the Black
Crows' Chris Robinson, and guitar-wise, he is an inheritor, but
by no means an immitator, of the Blues-Rock school expounded by
Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, and Stevie Ray Vaughn."
G. Juke/ GOTtheBLUES.com
maturity has had on my music is not unlike its effect on God's gift of physical
love in that it provides more ways to contain and savor the raw,
indescribable feelings and allow them to linger longer, still
flowing passionately with controlled smoothness."
- BOBBY MANRIQUEZ