There's an old adage in the music business--hurry up and wait. It's as old as time itself and still rings true today. All too often, we're stuck in a no man's land where the present is almost non-existent. You look at the past, the "good old days," with rose-colored glasses. The future is presented as when everything will be figured out and make sense--there's an unparalleled optimism towards the future. Days drag on, but the years fly by.
With their highly anticipated sophomore album, homeland insecurity, Texas' Flatland Cavalry wants to stop and smell the roses. Bandleader and chief lyricist Cletao Cordero is fine with examining and the present. There's an apprection for all the sharp detail and high-spiritied emotions of today.
The Steel Woods
With a pair of critically acclaimed Woods Music/Thirty Tigers releases under their belts in Straw in the Wind (2017) and Old News (2019), Nashville-based The Steel Woods have lived up to their name as a hybrid musical force both in the studio, but especially live.
The band’s two original members are native sons of the south who both hale from small-town backgrounds. The Alabama-born Wes Bayliss played harmonica from the age of eight in his family’s gospel band, eventually teaching himself piano, bass and drums. Jason “Rowdy” Cope turned his love of Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix into a career as a session guitarist/songwriter and producer, moving to Los Angeles, then playing in Jamey Johnson’s band for nine years. The two met in Nashville playing for the same cover band in some out-of-town dive, and immediately discovered an affinity for each other.