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Flatland Cavalry gives "Welcome to Countryland"

Saturday, May 15, 2021 – Flatland Cavalry's "Welcome to Countryland" will be out July 2.

The first single, "Some Things Never Change," came out on Friday.

Produced by Jake Gear and recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studios, "Welcome to Countryland" finds the band's traditional Texas roots infused with a fresh modern sound. The record's 14 new songs include collaborations with Hailey Whitters ("Meantime") and Kaitlin Butts ("Life Without You").

Lead singer Cleto Cordero, said, "We spent our time off the road in 2020 working diligently towards this new record. The support from our fans, friends and family gave us hope to 'go for broke' and pour our hearts and souls into the writing and creating of this new batch of songs. I think it is our favorite record that we've created to date because it was made during such a critical time in our journey, which, I think, brought a whole new sense of wonder and significance to the project. We can't wait to give our fans what we believe is our most meaningful album to date."

Based in both Texas and Nashville, Flatland Cavalry is Cordero (vocals, acoustic guitar), Jason Albers (drums, background vocals), Jonathan Saenz (bass, background vocals), Reid Dillon (electric guitar), Wesley Hall (fiddle) and Adam Gallegos (piano, keys, mandolin, banjo).

The disc also features special guest musicians Spencer Cullum (steel guitar), Jim Hoke (harmonica, jaw harp) and Billy Justineau (B3 organ) as well as background vocals from Kaitlin Butts.

The new album follows the band's self-released 2016 debut, "Humble Folks" and their 2019 release, "Homeland Insecurity."

The track list is:
1. Country Is... (written by Cleto Cordero, P. Palomino)
2. Some Things Never Change (written by Cleto Cordero, Ava Suppelsa)
3. A Cowboy Knows How (written by Luke Combs, Dan Isbell, Jonathan Singleton)
4. Gettin' By (written by Cleto Cordero, Jason Nix)
5. Well Spent Time (Cleto Cordero)
6. Life Without You (feat. Kaitlin Butts) (written by Cleto Cordero, Brian Keane)
7. No Ace In The Hole (written by Jason Albers, Cleto Cordero, Reid Dillon)
8. It's Good To Be Back (Round Here Again) (written by Cleto Cordero)
9. Tilt Your Chair Back (written by Cleto Cordero, Ryan Necci)
10. Fallen Star (written by Cleto Cordero)
11. Daydreamer (written by Cleto Cordero, Adam Landry)
12. Dancin' Around A Fire (written by Cleto Cordero, P. Palomino)
13. Off Broadway (written by Cleto Cordero) 14. ...Meantime (feat. Hailey Whitters) (written by Cleto Cordero, Lainey Wilson)


CD reviews for Flatland Cavalry

CD review - Welcome to Countryland The third full-length release from the Lubbock,Texas-based Flatland Cavalry is an appealing mix of alt.-country with influences from the outlaw movement and '90s mainstream country. Frontman Cleto Cordero handles lead vocal duties along with writing or co-writing 13 of the 14 tracks. The opening "Country Is..." has a Merle Haggard feel and examines what defines "country" with such references as "But a steel guitar paints this old heart a shade of Cowboy Blue" ...
A cowboy is pictured riding a horse on the cover of Flatland Calvary's "Homeland Insecurity," heading for the big city. Homeland Security is the department created to fight terrorism, but many of Flatland Calvary's songs speak about in-home insecurities of the romantic variety, more so than any sort of international terrorist threat. The best song, "Pretty Women," is a sad overview of 'pretty on the outside, sad on the inside' girls. ...


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