The Scene: A Shift

Five years ago I started impatiently waiting for a turnover in Texas Country music. At the time, it was over saturated, over populated by “the next big thing” in every small town from DFW to Del Rio and talent was playing hide-n-seek with quality music content. I was young, ready to go out and ready for satiable music and good quality shows and they just simply didn’t exist. I was bored with the idea that I could see the same artist that I adored every weekend, because that’s how close and how often they were playing around me. So I waited. And I waited some more.

And then five long years later, but just like that all at once, the earth seemed to shift and new, fresh, amazing music and artists and talent were born. And I fell in love with The Scene all over again. 

Much like myself, Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry (out of Lubbock) has known love and passion, and although at 23 his fresh face doesn’t show it, there’s pain in his words and his songs reach the heights and depths of the emotional spectrum with amazing accuracy. When “No Shade of Green” comes on it legitimately stops me in my tracks no matter what I’m doing. It’s raw, it’s real, you feel like you are the girl in the song and isn’t that the point of music? To take you away for the two and a half minutes you’re captivated by the lyrics and rhythm. Artists like Cleto ARE the shift I’ve been waiting for in this scene. If you have a chance to catch this band, get off your ass and GO!


Blue Water Highway Band from Galveston also lies on that fault line. Causing an earthquake with their six piece multi-instrumental and multi-gender harmonizing masterpieces like current single, “Medicine Man.” They legitimately took my breath away over the weekend and that was with only the three piece. I’m jumping out of my skin to see a full band show with stand-up bass, accordion, mandolin. I mean, how can you go wrong there? This band is going places, get in while they’re on the ground floor if you want to watch them rise to the top.

Don’t let it be lost on you that BOTH   Flatland Cavalry and Blue Water Highway Band have a female member among their ranks. Keith Hill’s girls in country music scandal earlier this year… 

….caused everyone in the girl authority of country music from Martina to Miranda to give them a little piece of their mind. Down here our Texas girls were fighting back with their own brand of a one-two-punch, like SunnySweeney’s  “Breaking Up the Sausage Party” and Kacey Musgrave’s “Good ‘ol Boys Club.” With all of that being said, it could not feel better to see these ladies rockin’ it on stage. 


Big things are ahead for this scene like we’ve never seen before. We’re trimming the fat and finding some true, raw talent that isn’t being pigeon holed as “Texas Country” or “Red Dirt” it’s just good fucking music that we can all appreciate and enjoy. 

Listening to:

Flatland Cavalry

  1. No Shade of Green
  2. Love Me in the Water

Blue Water Highway Band

  1. Medicine Man

Kacey Musgraves

  1. Dime Store Cowgirl
  2. Pageant Material

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