Cleto Cordero

Releases: Humble Folks (2016), Come May – EP (2015)
Years at MusicFest: 2

Cleto Cordero is the frontman and chief songwriter of the much-loved Lubbock-based group Flatland Cavalry. Originally from Midland, this young singer made his way to Lubbock; the home of his heroes like Buddy Holly, Josh Abbott and William Clark Green; as quickly as he could. In 2012, Cleto formed Flatland Cavalry along with his friend Jason Albers, the band’s drummer. The main songwriter on Flatland Cavalry’s first full-length album, Humble Folks (2016), this Lubbock local calls the album “Flatland Folklore” — in which he explores the Panhandle and West Texas through character sketches, fresh tall tales, and modern myths. “All the songs, I’ve thought of them as snapshots,” says Cordero. “I love how bands like Turnpike Troubadours are able to do that.” Cleto and Flatland Cavalry straddle that line between town and country out in the rich soil of the Panhandle and badlands of West Texas. While many great songwriters have come before him, few can capture the humble, earnest folks who inhabit the land like Cleto Cordero. Easily recognized in his signature hat, expect to see Cleto in shows across the majestic mountain, both with Flatland Cavalry and solo.

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