Flatland Cavalry

Flatland Cavalry

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.

Kaitlin Butts

Way out on the Western plains, you can see storms make their way across the horizon. Lightning strikes brighten darkened masses of fearsome clouds as they roll on down the line. They sway and swirl giving the promise of rain. They thunder and clap with threats of hail or worse.

Kaitlin Butts is a thunderstorm. A tornado warning. The siren wail of a small town’s caution system still in use. Behind her flowing locks of auburn hair, Oklahoma twang, and wry grin, grows a demanding voice and equally devastating storyteller. The high-rising Butts may only have one full-length album under her belt—the encouraging Same Hell, Different Devil—but the Oklahoma native is steadily blooming into a quick-witted writer.

She shifts between infectious Cosmic Cowgirl flare with lush desert-swept pastels, desired & heartfelt tearjerkers, and hard-bitten & calloused murder ballads. Through them all, she’s exhibits a knack for character and a nose for narrative. They come in like a summer shower patting down the dust. Other times, Butts is torrential downpour wrecking havoc.

Still, what makes Butts a captivating songwriter is her ability to tap into pockets of the population who feel looked over by other modern Country and Americana acts. Like Kacey Musgraves, Amanda Shires, Miranda Lambert, among others before her, Butts has the ability to pick the right details to make a song and story believable and real. It warms and charms.

The young rising starlet, now DFW-based, is currently readying her sophomore efforts for a late 2019 release.

Written by: Thomas Mooney

$10 - $15


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