TULSA – In an entertainment industry dominated by male counterparts, it’s refreshingly fitting that Kaitlin Butts and Mallory Eagle will take care of business at The Mercury at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26.
To say 2020 has been difficult to work with would be an understatement.
“This year has been interesting to say the least. Shows have been cancelled, reduced capacity, or rescheduled. In the beginning, we didn’t know what to expect or how long this would all go on, so we just kind of sat back and waited. We’ve had low expectations for this year, but thankfully there are a lot of great folks trying to get to that light at the end of the tunnel and execute things in a safe way so that we can continue to have shows - and I am so thankful for that.”
Never one to rest too long on her laurels, Butts made some major life changes in 2020; most importantly, marrying Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry. It was love at first song.
“We met back in 2015,” recalls Katie, “Cleto was recording his first LP with Flatland Cavalry and his friend told him that he needed to make one of the songs a duet. He was driving through Fort Worth one day and on 95.9 The Ranch, Cleto heard my song ‘Gal Like Me’ playing on the radio and woke up the bass player to have him Shazam the song to find out who and what they were hearing. A little while after that, I was contacted to sing on their song, “A Life Where We Work Out”. We met at Amusement Park Studios in Lubbock; from there, we developed a really great friendship and things just blossomed. We got married in Round Top, Texas, at The Wander Inn in October.”
Photo By Cameron Gott
And though having time to lay the foundation of a new life together during something like a pandemic is fortunate and romantic, the days of the newlyweds still pack plenty of gray areas.
“My husband and I, didn’t know what to expect for this year, but at the first sign of things getting weird, we both packed up our stuff from our house in Nashville and apartment in Fort Worth, and moved back home to Ardmore, OK, with my mom. Never thought that would happen, but I’m so thankful for my mom and her welcoming us into her home, because it’s taken a lot of financial burden off of us and also a chance to songwriter, plant a garden, spend more time together than we ever have, and prep for when we can get back on the road again.”
And back in the studio; Kaitlin plans on getting back in the booth as soon as conditions allow. But first, a show with a former roommate – Mallory Eagle.
Photo of Mallory Eagle Courtesy of Melissa Payne Photography
“This will actually be our first show together. I knew her years ago when I lived in OKC and would sing at the Rodeo Opry. And then I met her more at shows and knew that she and I went to the same college, just different years at ACM@UCO. And then in 2019, I knew she lived in Nashville and the place that I was going to move into fell through, so I called her to see if she knew anyone needing a third roommate…and she was actually looking for one herself! So we actually lived together in Nashville all of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Love Mallory and her voice is like butter. Can’t wait to play this show with her.”
Join us at The Mercury at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26. Advanced tickets are $50, and to secure yours visit www.mercuryloungetulsa.com.