2019 Show Calendar

11/1  The Horny Toad Cafe  Denton, Tx

11/2  w/ Bird Dog Wild UNT Homecoming  Denton, Tx

11/3  Cancer Benefit Hank's Bar & Grill  Mckinney, Tx

11/10  w/ Coltin Ayres Fred's Texas Cafe  Ft. Worth, Tx

11/16  Fred's Texas Cafe  Ft. Worth, Tx

11/17  w/ Joe Savage Landmark  Ft. Worth, Tx

11/19  w/ Dakota Smith Deep Ellum Art Co.  Dallas, Tx

11/21 w/ Coltin Ayres All Good Cafe  Dallas, Tx

11/22 w/ Eric Wade, Jarod Grice Armadillo Aleworks  Denton, Tx

12/8  w/ Joe Savage Chief Records  Ft. Worth, Tx

12/12  Four Corners Brewing  Dallas , Tx

12/15  EP RELEASE Dan's Silver Leaf  Denton, Tx



Full Bio

John Earle Mainord was born and raised in North Texas. There were years on Nana's farm, years in tiny country suburbs, and years down a gravel road in the sticks. His home life was humble, but more fortunate than many. In a world where dead end jobs, and sports reign supreme, Mainord, the son of a high school football coach, was called to music and self expression.

After spending his teens experimenting with punk music, and his early twenties in metal and hardcore music, Mainord discovered Neil Young, and everything changed. Inspired by Young's tireless dedication to his muse, and the boldness of sharing progressive ideas in what are typically considered to be conservative genres, a new season began.

In 2010, Mainord bought an acoustic guitar, and began writing new songs. A relocation to Denton, Texas, in December of 2012, proved to be a crucial move in growth as a songwriter and as a performer. Meeting and befriending local songwriters and acts in the Denton americana/folk scene, brought on shows, inspiration, and a support system.


Mainord self-released his first EP, Sound of the New South Part 1, in 2015(Listen on Spotify). The EP was recorded at home, on a humble home studio setup, and showed a clear direction of blending elements of New and old, country, folk, and blues songwriting, with atmospheric nuances and soundscapes. It received nods from friends and a couple local music blogs.


In 2017 a follow up ep, Sound of The New South Part 2, was released(Listen on Spotify). Once again self released, recorded, and produced, Part 2 introduced a full band sound to Mainord's unique take on country, folk, and blues. Enlisting friends to provide accompaniment, Mainord cut five songs that showed significant growth from the previous release, and offered a slightly more traditional sound, as well as some semi-psychedelic sounds. Part 2 was met with a similar humble, yet positive response. 

Between his second release, and now, Mainord has been writing A LOT. That and working stages and microphones as often as possible. From performing solo in coffee shops for tips, house shows, to playing some of the DFW's best venues, Mainord has remained dedicated to an honest, hard-working approach, and aims simply to connect with, and inspire his audience regardless of the venue size or demographic. 

He's worked to build and fine tune a sound all his own, on stages all over Texas, and in Oklahoma, Washington, and New Mexico; and continues to expand his reach. 

What is certain in John Earle Mainord, and in his music, is a hunger to connect and to relate, as well as a self-imposed responsibility to carry on the tradition of quality Texas Songwriting. To carry the torch of storytelling through the art of Country music. Heavily inspired these days by the likes of Guy Clark, Terry Allen, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and more, Mainord has spent nearly a decade studying country music, and specifically, Texas Country music. Immersed in the art of three chords and the truth, these influences have impacted his writing and sound greatly.

An exceptional lyricism, and soulful delivery make John Earle Mainord's songs something truly special to witness. The energy and casual nature at his live performances make for one of a kind performances.

With the six song, Bird Dog Wild EP, releasing in December 2019, and enough material for two full-length albums, up his sleeve, John Earle Mainord will be an act to watch in 2020. 

Photo Credit: Matthew Mcneal