Last night, I got to see the boys from Lubbock at an intimate venue in Virginia, and let me tell you, they were beyond incredible.
It was the second time I saw Flatland Cavalry in concert, the first being Greenville Country Music Fest, and while they more than hold their own on the large stages, including NFL stadiums opening for Luke Combs, there was truly something magical about getting to see them at Birchmere Music Hall, capacity 500 people.
Of course, Cleto had the crowd in the palm of his hand and every time Wesley ripped into a fiddle solo the place went bananas.
They played the old classics and a bunch of recent tracks from their Songs To Keep You Warm EP, including an acoustic performance of my favorite “If We Said Goodbye,” but they also played 3 unreleased songs which showed off a bit of range and exploratory sound that’s got me buzzing for their next project.
One of the unreleased tunes they played was called “Provider” which had a very cool Whiskey Myers funky-rock feel to it, but the one that really grabbed my attention was called “Spinnin'”.
Cleto introduced it as a song for those who at one point found themselves spending to much time on a barstool, which I think we can all relate to in some way, and is yet another shining example of the beautiful sounds and sad lyrics that make Flatland fantastic.
“Here I go again spinning round the dance hall
Hoping I don’t fall
Yeah I’m lonely floating higher than the ceiling
Feeling 6 foot small
I’m not sure why I thought tonight it’d go different
Here I go again spinnin’ “
Hearing all these songs has me wondering when that next album will be coming out, and since they played three new ones last night, I have a feeling it may be sooner rather than later.
Hats off to Flatland Cavalry for a hell of a show and a continued dedication to real, truthful, country music.