Review: The Flatland Cavalry at Railbird Music Festival 2024

By on June 2, 2024

The dark clouds were gathering on the vibrant crowds at the Railbird Music Festival in Lexington, Kentucky, a particular set stood out on June 1st, 2024. The Flatland Cavalry, a band that has carved out a niche for itself in the Americana and Texas country scene, delivered an hour of pure musical bliss from 3:15 to 4:15 pm that resonated with the soul of the festival.

The band, hailing from Lubbock, Texas, is composed of Cleto Cordero (vocalist and guitarist), Jason Albers (drummer), Jonathan Saenz (bassist), Reid Dillon (guitarist), Wesley Hall (fiddle player), and Adam Gallegos (utility instrumentalist). Formed in 2012, the group has steadily risen through the ranks with their heartfelt lyrics and a sound that blends country with a touch of folk rock.

Their performance at Railbird was a testament to their journey and growth as musicians. The set was a mix of fan favorites and tracks from their latest EP, “Songs To Keep You Warm,” released in 2022. The chemistry between the members was palpable, with each song flowing into the next, creating a narrative that felt both personal and universal.

Fans were treated to an experience that was more than just a concert; it was a communal celebration of music. The Flatland Cavalry’s ability to connect with the audience, sharing stories between the songs, made the performance feel intimate despite the festival setting. Their sound, characterized by the poignant fiddle lines and Cordero’s earnest vocals, filled the space with a warmth that contrasted the Kentucky weather

The highlight of the set was a soul-stirring rendition of “No Shade of Green,” which had the crowd singing along to every word, creating a chorus that echoed throughout the festival grounds. It was moments like these that captured the essence of what Railbird is all about – the love of music and the shared experiences it brings.

The Flatland Cavalry’s set at Railbird Music Festival was a reminder of the power of live music. For an hour, they transformed the stage into a slice of Texas, offering a respite from the world and a chance to bask in the stories and sounds that define them as a band. It was an unforgettable performance that left fans yearning for more, marking another successful chapter in the band’s ever-evolving story.

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