Mando Saenz is a Mexican born and California bred but Nashville loving singer-songwriter whose new album was released Feb. 5. I wrote about the relatively unknown singer back in 2005 with the release of his debut Watertown here, and have been following his work ever since. The new record is a well-produced affair with some of the cream-of-the-crop Nashville players assisting including Kenny Vaughn, Will Kimbrough and David Grissom.
Originally I had Mando pegged as an alt-country troubadour but with this new release I see him sliding into whatever space is left between the like of Josh Ritter, Ron Sexsmith and Josh Rouse at the AAA all-boys head table. On a song like “A Touch Is All” he sounds like he’d be comfortable joining them for a bite and drink. You can buy the new record, Bucket, here from Mando Saenz.
PS I finally figured out how to use categories on WordPress. So if you’re interested I’ve added a drop down menu under search on the right where you can look up similar posts..say Honky-Tonk, Folk or Americana.