Friday, June 30, 2023
– Flatland Cavalry is out today with "Last American Summer."
The song was written by lead singer Cleto Cordero and Will Hoge.
Cordero said, "It was the summer of 2020, and I was sitting in my favorite place in the world at the time: my mother-in-law's backyard, which I had transformed into an epic, lively oasis; my 'quarantine garden' as I called it. As I overlooked raised beds of corn stalks and tomato vines during an afternoon pondering session with my guitar, the words 'Last American Summer' flashed into my mind. I remembered how every Fourth of July as a child everyone would come to the house; We'd grill hotdogs and hamburgers, sit around in lawn chairs and visit, look up at the sky at the free fireworks show going on all around the countryside and simply celebrate getting to be together and enjoy a little time off."
"Then I remembered feeling sad that wasn't the case that summer; that the world was wounded and broken and the illusionary dream of its repair was so far in the future that I couldn't see it in my own mind's eye; a hopeless feeling. I remember thinking: 'What good's all the time off in the world if you cannot spend it with anyone; if we cannot be together?' Deep in meditation from my quarantine-zen-garden I hoped and prayed that that summer wasn't the Last American Summer. I took this meditation to veteran songwriter and my newfound Zoom-writing friend, Will Hoge, a couple months later. Not wanting to be too 'on the nose' and apocalyptic in our approach, we wrote instead a nostalgic American love story. May there never be a Last American Summer.
Produced by Dwight A. Baker (Josh Abbott Band, Pat Green), "Last American Summer" is the band's first new music since their six-song EP, "Songs To Keep You Warm," which was released this past fall.
Based in both Texas and Nashville, Flatland Cavalry is Cordero (vocals, acoustic guitar), Jason Albers (drums), Jonathan Saenz (bass), Reid Dillon (electric guitar, harmonica, second fiddle), Wesley Hall (fiddle) and Adam Gallegos (piano, keys, mandolin, banjo, electric guitar).
Since their 2015 debut, Flatland Cavalry has released two EPs and three full-length studio albums, including their latest, 2021's "Welcome to Countryland."