Mando Saenz

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 career singing and playing. After entering graduate school in San Antonio, Saenz began ardently pursuing this goal. A move to Houston resulted in the singer performing at open mic nights around Houston and recording demos with his brother Marcos. His debut album Watertown was released in 2002 on Houston-based label Plethorazine. The album, produced by John Egan, was enough for Saenz to hit the road and play where and when he could. But his biggest break came from Frank Liddell, co-founder of Carnival Music. After receiving a demo of the album from his daughter, Liddell re-released the album on the Carnival Music imprint in 2005. Saenz toured in support of the re-release but looked forward to releasing a new album later that year. He has often been compared to singer/songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith and Rufus Wainwright.

Clark Paterson

"Brow-beaten and broken-down, Clark Paterson sat on a cold steel bench shaking his head under the 'Deportation' sign of London's Heathrow Airport early one Thursday-morning-gone-wrong. Guitar strumming along in hand… this wasn't how he envisioned his first British-gig going. Without the 'right' music visa, he found himself awaiting the next flight back across the Atlantic, courtesy of The Queen.

"I came to Europe to play some good music and share a lil' piece of my 'American Dream," he said. "All I got back, was handed my walkin' papers and shoved on home."

Forced to cancel tour dates in London and Germany, this rural-Michigan native found himself back in his artist-centric neighborhood of East Nashville.
Not interested in failure, Clark took this opportunity to get back into the studio and build genuine music around life's misfortunes that he had been dealt. He collaborated with good-friend-writers and 'real thing' players including Counting Crows drummer Steve Bowman, amongst other dear musician friends. Paterson felt things really coming together and decided he should press a record. The rent was coming due, but regardless he ran to "Duane's Dirt Shack" Recording Studio with $500 in hand and said, "What'll this get me?" Duane smiled and said, "Come inside." A short time later, the dust settled and Clark hit the road touring in support of his latest EP "Walkin' Papers".

From trans-Atlantic calamities, to the everyday hiccups of a normal guy's life, Clark has seen turbulent times. His songs are built-up from real world stories about hard-luck and heartbreak, and what we do with the finer moments of life that shatter in-between the peaks and valleys. His art offers a darker glimpse of the truths behind tough times and hard lessons learned. With a freshly blended style of 'a little bit country' and 'a little bit rock 'n roll', he has the perfect concoction of quality tunes to soak in while thinking over a cold beer or four. It's about time to get belly-up to the bar and pop a top for a few rounds of Clark Paterson."

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Mando Saenz with Clark Paterson

Thursday, August 15 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Evening Muse