2020 Show Calendar
In 2010, Mainord bought an acoustic guitar, and began writing 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.
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.
These days, Mainord is singin' for his supper, working stages and microphones as often as possible to both sharpen his skills and keep food on the table. From performing solo in coffee shops, dive bars, and generally any place he can book, to playing with his backing band Bird Dog Wild in DFW venues like Fred's Texas Cafe and MASS in Fort Worth, and Dan's Silverleaf in his current hometown of Denton, Tx. Mainord has remained dedicated to an honest, hard-working approach, and aims 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, is a hunger to connect and to relate, as well as a sense of responsibility to carry on the tradition of quality songwriting. With lyricism that's at times thoughtful and moving, and at others playful and witty, and a sound that blends the fashion of Terry Allen, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, with the early seventies folk rock sounds of CSN and Neil Young, Mainord seems to be leaning on a fencepost between cosmic cowboy, and redneck hippie. The positive energy and casual nature at his live shows make for memorable and enjoyable experience.
With the six song, Bird Dog Wild EP, released on December 15th 2019, and enough material for two full-length albums, up his sleeve, John Earle Mainord will be an act to watch in 2020.