Category Archives: Alt Country

Jenni Dale Lord

Today we feature a beautiful and very talented singer / songwriter from Lubbock, Texas.
She is a purveyor of Americana, Alt-Country with a dash of rock n roll and a splash of soul. Anyone who includes in her influences Johnny Cash and Nina Simone has to have soul and pizzazz. And Jenni Dale Lord certainly has all that and then some.

Jenni Dale Lord rocked the “live music capital of the world,” Austin, Texas, for over a decade, but has since returned to her roots in Lubbock to claim her place in the West Texas music scene. After years of writing music on her own, Jenni Dale rounded up a group of amazing musicians to take her songs and set them on fire. They have exploded in the area and have taken their high energy and heart-string pulling show on the road.

The Jenni Dale Lord Band are:-
Jenni Dale Lord – vocals, acoustic guitar
Steve Lott – electric/resonator lead guitars, vocals
Andrew Mason – bass guitar, vocals
Randy Moreno – drums

So now we know a little about her let’s get to the music. Let’s take a little trek around her catalog, the hardest part is deciding what to leave out.

This is Jenni’s latest video, hot off the presses so to speak. A beautiful soulful country ballad about a country girl going home. Some wonderful guitar work and the awesome voice of Jenni Dale Lord make this a song/video to take note off. So gentle yet so meaningful.
Someone to Believe

Published on 22 Jan 2017
Official music video of Jenni Dale Lord Band’s hit song, “Someone to Believe.”

Jenni Dale Lord performs on Good Day Lubbock, the birthplace of Buddy Holly.
One of the few musical places in the states I have never been to, oh well one day.
Anyway this is a nice gentle tune about an idea that really appeals to me.
Totally cool, love it.
Free Whiskey

Good Day Lubbock

Another beautiful tune from Jenni, and her friend. Such purity of tone both vocally and the guitars. Listening to this I’m aching to be back there again, wherever it is. I’m really digging her complete album.
Back There Again

Originally a sneak peek from the #FreeWhiskey album released in 2016.

This song truly give one a feeling of small town living, maybe it’s the video, but the song says it all. I can relate having lived in and around small towns in Indiana back in the 80’s.
In This Town

Second single from “Never Let Go.”

We’re gonna end on a terrific live performance from a few years back. Another great song and some great guitar. As I’ve wandered through these videos I’m more than impressed by her guitar playing, if she didn’t have such an awesome voice she could still make it on her guitar playing alone. Enjoy.
A New Me

w/ Sean Pace @Outlander Fall Festival- Austin, TX

Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange are a very talented duo from North Carolina. They are purveyors of very sweet sounding bluegrass, country and folk music.

Mandolin Orange are Emily Franz (guitar, vocals) Andrew Marlin (mandolin, vocals).

Mandolin Orange released their latest album, Blindfaller, a little while back and if you don’t have it I would recommend you check it out.

So let’s get to the music.

This was the first song I heard from this talented duo, I saw the title and had to hear it. I am a rabid Bob Dylan fan and this is one of his best songs, in addition I am a big fan of Spanish leather boots. I owned a pair once, purchased in Spain and they were the greatest pair of footwear I ever owned.
And I’m so glad I stopped to check out this track, it is totally beautiful.
Their voices are totally different to each other yet they blend perfectly on the harmonies. Likewise the combination of violin and guitar is sublime. This is an Audiotree Live production.
Boots of Spanish Leather 

Mandolin Orange perform “Boots of Spanish Leather” by Bob Dylan on Audiotree Live, April 15, 2014.

Next up, another Audiotree Live production, this time an original song.
The same sublime vocal and violin/guitar combinations. Beautiful song.
There Was A Time

Mandolin Orange perform “There Was A Time” on Audiotree Live, April 15, 2014.

They have a dance for my favorite spirit? This is another original track performed for Folk Alley and recorded in Saranac Lake, NY.
Just a laid back home town song. Beautiful in its simplicity.
Waltz About Whiskey

Filmed and recorded by Beehive Productions in collaboration with FolkAlley.

As we wander though their catalog of original songs one cannot help but think that they are very talented songwriters, there’s some beautiful stuff here.
Case in point this little gem. The toughest part is which songs to include and which to exclude, they’re all marvelous.
Runnin’ Red

Filmed and Edited by Alex Loops

Finally today a song from the new album, Blindfaller, recorded @ Mokum Sessions which strives to deliver in your face acoustic music videos of talented musicians, filmed in beautiful Amsterdam. A beautiful song in the perfect setting the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
Hey Stranger

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Vaudeville Etiquette

? Charles Peterson

Vaudeville Etiquette are a Psych-Folk band from Seattle, WA. I don’t like pin-holing musicians but I would say they are also in the Alt Country crowd as well. They have some great tracks reminiscent of The Handsome Family,

Vaudeville Etiquette is:
Bradley Laina- guitar, vocals
Tayler Lynn- vocals, percussion
Matt Teske- pedal steel, mandolin
Robin Croen- bass
Bryce Gourley- drums

So, let’s get to the music.

This has to be the greatest entrance ever. And the tambourine survived.
And then the sweetest alt country sounds you ever heard. I just love this song. This is the song that introduced me to Vaudeville Etiquette, and I’m so glad I found it. This band is going to be on the playlist for a long time.
Devils Daughter

Vaudeville Etiquette takes to the water for a new version of Devils Daughter.

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This is a little more recent, this is an awesome track from their most recent album “AURA VISTA MOTEL”. And I defy you to keep your feet from tapping. This track really rocks along. And you could go cross eyed and crazy with that Kaleidoscopic going on there. Love it.
Crosseyed Crazy

Directed by Bradley Laina
Kaleidoscopic graphics by Ken Meyering at


Damn Lovely is a perfect description of this young ladies voice. Just the sort of song to listen to on a long hot summers night. Did I just steal from Meatloaf? Nahhh. Just kick back and enjoy it.
Damn Lovely

(C) 2016 Vaudeville Etiquette

? Rich Zollner Photography

Here’s a great song from their first album, “Debutantes & Dealers”, the was filmed live at the Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA. Gives you a good idea of what an awesome night you would have if you attended one of their gigs.
They are one tight band and I just love Tayler’s voice.
Blood & Bone

Special thanks to the film crew, and lighting tech Sexy Levra!

? Lori Palmer Thompson

In the sometime tradition of this blog, here’s a great live version of the first song above. I told ya I loved this song. The same credits as the track above, from that hot night in the Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA.
Devil’s Daughter