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Relocating from Texas to Nashville, country rocker Mando Saenz hooked up with songwriters Kim Richey, Will Kimbrough and producer R.S. Field to help expand beyond the Texas-base of his debut album Watertown. His characters still float from bars with their last few bucks saved for last call (“Seven Dollars”) and search for enduring love all the while denying it (“A Touch is All”), but 2008’s Bucket, his second album, shows greater maturation. Saenz’s hooks are sharper, his singing more confident, his arrangements more sweeping and grand. The drama of “Pittsburgh,” as the organ cascades past the brooding bass and the slow, pulsing chords, builds to a crescendo where Saenz delivers his lines with a casual harmonized whine that’s tailor-made for the situation. Saenz plays by all the usual rules. Lap steel, mandolin, electric guitars and keyboards slide in and out of the mix while Saenz’s people linger in the eventual doom of the night. The clichés occasionally threaten to bury him; on paper, he’s a standard read. But Saenz is too good a singer to settle for such a fate, as the tickle in his voice for “In the Back Of Your Mind” bears out.

Customer Reviews

Blown Away

Where has this guy been hiding? Excellent album! A haunting voice with just the right mix of Country and Rock combined with great songwriting skills. The only songs I really don't care for are the few that have a string section added - it just doesn't fit this type of music and comes off feeling a bit pop-ish.

Daughtry ain't Mando

Daughtry ain't no Mando Saenz. This guy is a genius. Serious lyricist.

Mando Saenz's second effort SHINES!

Once again, Mando Saenz proves why he is one of America's finest young songwriters.


Born: San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Mando Saenz was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, but grew up in Corpus Christi, TX. The son of music-loving parents who encouraged their son to play, the singer was reared on a myriad of styles ranging from singer/songwriters to the Everly Brothers to traditional Mexican. Taking guitar lessons when he was in his pre-teens, Saenz did not see music as a career but instead looked upon it as a hobby. When he entered Texas Tech University, the singer began to open up more and began thinking about a possible...
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