Talented sextet Flatland Cavalry's brand new single "Mountain Song" is all about embracing your surroundings and taking life as it comes.

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Lead vocalist Cleto Cordero co-wrote the captivating story-song with his friend and fellow songwriter Stephen Constancio while out on the road back in June 2017.

"We were headed for the Pacific Northwest and the first leg of the tour found us in the quaint and quiet mountain town of Red River, N.M.," Cordero notes. "I remember feeling enamored and safe; nestled by the towering topography that surrounded us on all sides. Born and raised in West Texas, all I’ve ever known is dry, dusty flatland. After ‘trying’ to write a song about things that we weren’t feeling, I made a suggestion, saying something along the lines of: ‘Hey, this is stupid. We are trying to write about something that we aren’t even inspired by. Let’s write a song about this place right here.’ Looking out the cabin window at the moonlit mountain in the distance the first lines came to mind and we just ‘chased the rabbit down the hole’ as they say."

Cordero, along with bandmates Jason Albers (drums, background vocals), Jonathan Saenz (bass, background vocals), Reid Dillon (electric guitar, harmonica, second fiddle), Wesley Hall (fiddle) and Adam Gallegos (piano, keys, mandolin, banjo, electric guitar), recorded "Mountain Song" at accomplished singer-songwriter Bruce Robison's studio, The Bunker, in Lockhart, Texas. The result is a sweet, imagery-driven ode to that scenic landscape, along with all the moments shared and memories made there.
"Pine tree campfire, end of the night / Embers burnin', shedding new light," Cordero softly sings. "Bottle of Blanton's got me feelin' right / Mountain, mountain, keep me company tonight."
"It is one of my favorite recordings we have ever made because it is so honest and authentic; quite frankly when listening to it a part of me can’t believe we captured what we did in such little time and with such little preparation," Cordero notes. "The warmness and intimacy of the recordings captured at Bruce Robison’s studio, coupled with the humble and peaceful message of the song make it such a beautiful and fun recording to listen to. I hope that listeners are lifted to a peaceful serene place in their minds each time they listen to ‘Mountain Song.’”

"Mountain Song" follows the May release of Far Out West Sessions, which includes intimate, stripped-down renditions of select tracks from their 2021 record Welcome to Countryland.

The band is currently out on tour in support of those recent projects, with headlining shows and festival stops scheduled across the U.S. through Dec. 10. You can see a full list of tour dates below. Additional ticketing information is available via Flatland Cavalry's official website.

Flatland Cavalry's 2022 Tour Dates:
Aug. 26 — Columbia, Mo. @ The Blue Note
Aug. 27 — Lincoln, Neb. @ The Bourbon Theatre
Sept. 1 — Clinton, Ark. @ National Championship Wagon Races
Sept. 2 — Baton Rouge, La. @ Texas Club
Sept. 3 — Belton, Texas @ Central Texas State Fair
Sept. 8 —  Memphis, Tenn. @ Graceland Live
Sept. 9 —  Stillwater, Okla. @ Outside City Limits
Sept. 10 — Tyler, Texas @ Troubadour Festival
Sept. 15 — Stephenville, Texas @ Twisted J Live
Sept. 16 — Brenham, Texas @ Washington Country Fairgrounds
Sept. 17 — Pryor, Okla. @ Born and Raised Music Festival
Sept. 21 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ Lobo Theater
Sept. 22 — Red River, N.M. @ Bitter Creek Ranch
Sept. 23 — Tucson, Ariz. @ Tucson Arena
Sept. 29 — Lawrence, Kan. @ The Granada
Sept. 30 — Denver, Colo. @ Grizzly Rose
Oct. 1 — Hays, Kan. @ Fox Theatre
Oct. 7 — Fredericksburg, Texas @ The Backyard Amphitheater
Oct. 8 — Cuero, Texas @ Cuero Turkeyest
Oct. 14 — Nacogdoches, Texas @ Banita Creek Hall
Oct. 20 — Starkville, Miss. @ Rick’s Café
Oct. 21 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Iron City
Oct. 22 — Hattiesburg, Miss. @ Brewsky’s
Oct. 28 — Knoxville, Tenn. @ The Mill & Mine
Oct. 29 — Miramar Beach, Fla. @ Moon Crush Harvest Moon 2022
Nov. 3 — Oxford, Miss. @ The Lyric Oxford
Nov. 6 — Simpsonville, S.C. @ CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
Nov. 11 — Round Rock, Texas @ Round Rock
Nov. 12 — San Antonio, Texas @ Cowboys Dancehall
Dec. 9 — Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom
Dec. 10 — Fayetteville, Ark. @ JJ’s Liv

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Glen Campbell's name is legendary in country music thanks to his iconic hit songs, but he's also a major figure in music as a whole due to his crossover hits and, especially, because of his work as a session musician. Whether fans know it or not, Campbell left his mark on myriad songs in the 1960s, before and as he was starting his solo career.

When Campbell moved to Los Angeles in 1960, he got a job as a writer and demo singer / player for a publishing company; that led to work as a session musician. Campbell became part of the Wrecking Crew, an in-demand group of session players who worked on songs for everyone from Sonny & Cher to Frank Sinatra. They were producer Phil Spector's go-to house band, but were sometimes uncredited players; the late Leon Russell was also a member.
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