Jenna Rae might be one of the last (or at least latest) classic cowgirls.

In addition to her solo gig, the Kansas City songwriter fronts Playing For Horses. The band specializes in that classic country sound that’s hard to find anymore. We have a lot of Americana, folk, and bluegrass. But if you want actual country, you usually have to go to the Westport Saloon (which is an incredible venue, by the way). But Lucia’s recent surge and interest in local music could be changing all of that.

Playing for Horses / Photo by Fally Afani
Playing for Horses / Photo by Fally Afani
In a town full of indie rockers and metal heads, Playing For Horses is one of those bands making country music likable and timeless. They’re the kind of Americana with slide guitars, effortless fiddlers, and bassist who seem to have a frown permanently etched right above their chins. While they did sport a lot of covers, originals like “The Train Made Me Late” (a Jenna Rae special you can watch below) are the songs that will make them unforgettable and keep them coming back to Lawrence.




Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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