UP native Laura Houle plays the Texas fiddle in Flatland Cavalry. (Photo: Landen Luna/New Slang)
University Park native and Texas fiddler Laura Houle was blown away when she discovered that her band Flatland Cavalry’s newest album, “Humble Folks,” was No. 2 on the iTunes country music charts on April 1, the same day it was released.
“I honestly didn’t even know what was happening,” she said.
The Highland Park High School class of 2009 alumna met the lead singer of the band, Cleto Cordero, and guitarist Reid Dillon, four years ago at a house party in Lubbock, where she was studying for her master’s degree in music at Texas Tech.
She happened to bring her fiddle to the party and ended up playing with the guys. A few months later they asked her to play with them again, then invited her to join their group.
While Houle’s father played the guitar and piano, she found herself drawn to the violin. She started taking lessons in second grade at Hyer Elementary, and played in the orchestra in middle and high school.