Mando Saenz – Making a Name!

Mando Saenz released his sophomore album Bucket earlier this year. Working with producer R.S. Field, he partnered with some of roots rock’s most potent musicians, including Kenny Vaughan and Richard Bennett, to punctuate his haunting tenor and unexpected phrases with distorted guitars and chiming acoustics.

The first single, “Pocket of Red,” was picked as one of the “ten exceptional tracks for discerning downloaders” by USA TODAY– and charted in Americana, Triple-A, and specialty radio formats, while the album was in the top 10 of the Americana album charts for six weeks, and is continuing to garner critical acclaim.

Mando is touring on the heels of his second single release, “Seven Dollars,” to Texas radio.

“Seven Dollars manages to capture the bittersweet nature of spending a night in a bar while simultaneously becoming a top contender for Least Gritty Song About Drinking.” Houston Press

Mando, who got his start playing in Houston, wrote the song “about sitting at a bar, being poor but happy to be sitting in a place you liked with a person you liked. It’s last call – you only have seven bucks left, but all is well for the moment.”

To stream the song, go to

Mando Saenz will be performing in the round with fellow Texas tunesmiths Jason Eady and Stephen Simmons.

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