Dancin' Around A Fire

Album: Welcome To Countryland (2021)
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  • Flatland Cavalry, a country band from West Texas, favor traditional country sounds and traditional country themes... like infidelity. The genre is rife with tunes about cheating or being cheated on, from Hank Williams' lament "Your Cheatin' Heart" to Carrie Underwood's revenge anthem "Before He Cheats."

    Cleto Cordero, Flatland Cavalry's frontman, is actually a happily married man who's never stepped out on his wife, fellow singer Kaitlin Butts, but the theme came to mind when he came up with this tune's ominous riff.

    "I had that riff, and any time you play a guitar in D major and you go to that C chord, that's your flat 7, it has this ominous Southern-rock sound, so that just felt like a cheating song. That's how it got formed. I haven't cheated on anybody," he explained in a 2022 Songfacts interview. "Sometimes the music will influence what you think the images are behind it."
  • Welcome To Countryland is the band's third studio album. Although it was written during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the themes and sounds on the album reflect the diversity of country music they experienced while they toured around the US prior to lockdown.

    Cordero told Holler: "Texans can have this proud, perhaps at times, arrogance to them. That's part of what makes you Texan. We like taking that sense of pride in showing off where we're from, the culture, and the people. I think that's where the idea of the record took shape in a subconscious way. Seeing different things and turning them into songs. You realize country music comes from all these parts of the country - why not celebrate those different sights and sounds?"


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