As if I couldn’t love the song any more, Flatland frontman Cleto Cordero delivered a stunning acoustic rendition of his solo write “Damaged Goods,” from the band’s recent Songs To Keep You WarmEP.
The whole project is fantastic, and was produced by acclaimed producer Bruce Robison at The Bunker in Lockhart, Texas. They also brought in some solid features for the EP, including Cleto’s wife Kaitlin Butts and one of my personal favorite’s, Ashley Monroe.
Cleto says he had the idea for the project way back in June, after being out on the road for quite some time:
“An idea came to me in June, out of the blue, late one evening at bedtime after a very long and wearisome few weeks on the road.
I was in the kind of place where I was completely exhausted, both mentally and physically, and laying there in a state of surrender, the entire idea for this EP just flashed into my mind: The studio and producer, the songs and the theme, ‘Songs To Keep You Warm.’
Historically, we have never announced a fall project, so I am excited to release a curated batch of songs that, I believe, pair well with the season of chilly overcast days, falling leaves and all things pumpkin-spiced.
I hope these songs are something fans will cling to during the colder months—something to keep them warm until spring arrives!”
This acoustic production is very similar to the studio cut they have on the project, but like I always say, you simply cannot beat hearing any tune in its purest, simplest form, especially when the person who wrote it is actually the one singing it.
The guys often describe their sound as easy on the ears and heavy on the heart, and that definitely applies here… and honestly, I could listen to Cleto sing all damn day.