At some point between Lubbock and Midland, the land shifts from endless cotton rows and rich farmland into pump jacks and mesquite tree filled pastures. Lubbock roots-country outfit Flatland Cavalry straddles that line between the Panhandle and the badlands of West Texas with their bright, earthy country ballads and gritty folk ramblers. Vocalist and chief songwriter Cleto Cordero’s honest, smooth songwriting revolves around the vernacular world of West Texas that he’s constructed with dusty, sun-soaked character sketches, brooding self-evaluations, and candid love songs that all have the ability to turn into sing-along anthems. Formed in the fall of 2012, the quintet was rounded up by Cordero after stretches of acoustic outings around the Panhandle town of Lubbock. With guitarist Reid Dillon, fiddler Wesley Hall, bassist Jonathan Saenz, and drummer Jason Albers joining Cordero, Flatland quickly garnered the attention of the masses with the release of the debut EP, Come May, in the spring of 2015. Building off the success of Come May, Cordero and company released their full-length follow-up Humble Folks in 2016. In January 2019, the band turned heads once again with their sophomore album, Homeland Insecurity, providing an appreciation for all the sharp detail and high-spirited emotions of today. Flatland will be gracing the mountain with these emotions in 2020!
Official MusicFest Artist
Cleto Cordero, Jason Albers, Jonathan Saenz, Wesley Hall, Reid Dillion
Years at MusicFest:
Homeland Insecurity (2019), Humble Folks (2016), Come May – EP (2015)