Album: Welcome To Countryland (2021)
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  • Like the rest of the world, Flatland Cavalry was grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and forced to hunker down indoors for a while. The West Texas country band used the opportunity to work on their third album, Welcome To Countryland, which signs off with this track about living in the moment.

    Cleto Cordero, the band's singer/guitarist and primary lyricist, credits co-writer Lainey Wilson ("Things A Man Oughta Know") for providing a positive message in the form of a catchy hook. He told Holler:

    "It was in the middle of the pandemic and there was a lot of uncertainty for every person on the planet. When Lainey brought that hook, I was able to look at anxiety and depression from afar. I've made it through these bouts of anxieties and depression and I'm still here and, if anything, I'm stronger. That song ended up having a positive message. Let's celebrate life and enjoy the moment, let's enjoy this day. I think it came at the right time for us. I like to think of the song closing the album as a short goodbye as well."
  • Because of social-distancing guidelines, the songwriters wrote this during a Zoom session before they ever met in person. "I had never met Lainey," Cordero confirmed in a 2022 Songfacts interview. "I'd heard of her name before, like, man, she's gonna be something big. And at the time, everyone I'm writing with is a stranger to me. So, I was just showing up and writing the best song that I can.

    'Meantime' was her hook and her little somethin' and then we crafted it pretty quickly. She was super fun to work with and she's a proficient songwriter, and Flatland took it and modulated a couple times and added this cool stuff to it. But man, the bare bones was a nice song. And she's very traditional country sounding, so there's a lot of that sort of Merle Haggard-inspired, classic-country vibe to it. But that's Lainey's DNA."
  • This features guest vocals from Hailey Whitters, who is married to the album's producer, Jake Gear. According to Cordero, he and his wife, Kaitlin, became fans of the "Janice At The Hotel Bar" singer before Gear was even attached to the project. "We were listening to her stuff during the pandemic, and I just thought the sound of the record, the sonics, and the songwriting was there," he remembered. "As a songwriter, I really appreciated that and enjoyed it with the way it was all mixed, like ear candy. I was a fan of whatever was coming through the speakers."

    After Flatland Cavalry's new manager connected them with Gear, the idea for a collaboration was born.
  • Years before they hit Nashville to record Welcome To Countryland, Flatland Cavalry earned a following in their native Texas, which helped them produce their first EP, Come May (2015), via a crowdfunding platform. Their debut album, Humble Folks, arrived the following year and drew favorable comparisons to the Oklahoma country band Turnpike Troubadours. Homeland Insecurity followed in 2019 to even greater recognition after extensive touring helped the band hone their sound. Touring across the country also expanded their definition country music, which informed tracks like the album opener, "Country Is."


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