Gypsy Sally's Presents
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
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 singalong anthems.
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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 Laura Jane, bassist Jonathan Saenz, and drummer Jason Albers joining Cordero, Flatland quickly began to garner the attention of the masses with the release of the debut EP, Come May, in the spring of 2015. Building off successes of Come May, Cordero and company have been recording their full-length follow-up, Humble Folks, during the winter months of late 2015 and early 2016.
Tom O’Connor is a singer/songwriter from a small Upstate New York town. However he also spent time in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas.
He was raised in a hardworking middle class family and grew up listening to his parent’s old country, folk and rock records. Although he never picked up an instrument until after high school, he was around music from an early age.
Tom learned to play guitar and penned his first songs while attending college at West Virginia University. After graduating, he lived in the Washington D.C. area and worked on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist.
During that time, Tom began performing at local and regional venues. He struggled to balance a 9 to 5 job with his passion for writing and performing music. After a few years of dedication and perseverance, he was able to relocate to Nashville, TN and become a full time singer and songwriter.
While in Nashville, Tom fell into favor with a contingent of Texas based songwriters, leading to regular co-writes with major players in the Red Dirt music scene. A number of those artists brought Tom on the road as an opening act.
As an artist, Tom’s songs are derived from personal experiences and everyday blue-collar life. With influences ranging from Classic and 90’s Rock to Red Dirt and Americana, his sound has been described as, “Country Roots Rock.”
He is a seasoned performer that has played nearly 1,000 live shows at venues across the country. His trademark warm, gritty and soulful voice truly conveys emotion and can really connect him with an audience.
Tom’s current EP, Bad for You, features songs such as “Smoke and Beers,” “High Road” and “Deserve” which he wrote and performed with Top 40 Country artist, Luke Combs. In early 2019, he will begin work on a new studio project at Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville, TX.
Advance $13/ Day of Show $16+fees