My days become instantly brighter when I see Flatland Cavalry release acoustic versions of their songs. Or, in the case of this video, I should say my day just became golden.
Shot during golden hour in Los Angeles, Cleto Cordero and guitarist Reid Dillon sit under the dimming sky to record a stunning performance of “A Thousand Miles An Hour” off their latest album, Wandering Star.
While Flatland always puts on a hell of a show with killer vocals and spot-on melodies, hearing stripped-back versions of the song allows listeners to hear the intricate lyrics that Cleto writes. With Cleto accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and Dillon playing electric with long and low slide notes, the acoustic video is truly a masterpiece of its own.
The simplicity of the melody in this version highlights the complex feelings of the narrator wrestling with life’s uncertainties and navigating them with someone you love, knowing you are growing in opposite directions.
“Ain’t it sad and funny that we don’t know where we’re goin’ And nobody knows where we’re comin’ from? Don’t it break your heart to know we’re sittin’ here together Bound to drift another world apart? Runnin’ a thousand miles an hour Just to get back to the start….”
The lyrics are stunningly heartbreaking, but Flatland fans repeatedly see this trend and eat it up each time.
Watching this video transports you to early spring nights when the days start to feel longer, and you can sit on a porch all night, blasting your favorite sad and slow country songs. This one is obviously on the playlist, but I looped a few times before moving on to the next.
Flatland sure knows how to capture the feel of a song with their visuals. This is a must-watch.
February 1—Milwaukee, WI—The Rave
February 2—Minneapolis, MN—The Fillmore
February 3—Waukee, IA—Vibrant Music Hall
February 7—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre
February 8—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre
February 9—Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theatre
February 10—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
February 15—New York, NY—Irving Plaza
February 16—Boston, MA—House of Blues
February 17—Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore Silver Spring
February 22—Baton Rouge, LA—Texas Club
February 23—Birmingham, AL—Iron City
February 24—Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre
March 7—Madison, WI—The Sylvee
March 8—St. Louis, MO—The Hawthorn
March 9—Springfield, MO—Great Southern Bank Arena
March 14—Winston Salem, NC—The Ramkat
March 15—Charlotte, NC—Coyote Joe’s
March 16—Greenville, SC—The Blind Horse Saloon
March 22—Austin, TX—Rodeo Austin
March 23—Midland, TX—Wagner Noel PAC
April 1-5—Miami, FL—The Last Resort Cruise
April 5—Miami, FL—Vivo! Plaza
April 6—Fort Myers, FL—The Ranch Concert Hall
April 7—St. Petersburg, FL—Jannus Live
April 11—Florence, AZ—Country Thunder Arizona
April 18—Columbia, SC—The Senate
April 19—Raleigh, NC—The Ritz
April 20—Opelika, AL—Auburn Rodeo
April 25—Stephenville, TX—Larry Joe Taylor Fest
April 27—Fayetteville, AR—JJ’s Live
May 4—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall
May 30—Panama City Beach, FL—Gulf Coast Jam Festival
June 1—Lexington, KY—Railbird Festival
June 20—Mack, CO—Country Jam
July 20—Cullman, AL—Rock the South
August 18—Calgary, AB—Country Thunder Alberta