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While The Cadillac Three, formally The Cadillac Black, whose members include
native Nashvillians Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray have been friends
and musical co-conspirators since they were kids. They’ve weathered their wild
teenage years and even wilder tours, weathered major label letdowns, major
league triumphs and a major name change, conquered Music Row – Johnston co-wrote
Keith Urban’s #1 single “You Gonna Fly” – and crashed on the couches of
strangers in far flung cities. These boys have seen more ups and downs than a
Smoky Mountain tour guide.

 

But in spite of all the trials and tribulations – or perhaps because of them
– The Cadillac Three have emerged with a sound all of their own, a sound that
hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard-and-heavy rock and traditional
Southern folk. You could call it country fuzz, you could call it hipster-billy,
you could call it any number of over-hyphenated, adjective-strewn things but
when you boil it all down there’s only one way to describe it: damn good music,
as pure and refreshing as a country creek.

 

It’s a sound that works as well in front of an amphitheater full of ZZ Top
fans or the Dierks Bentley crowd as well as it does in the dive bars and dark
corners of the underground music. Though, truth be told, The Cadillac Three’s
sound probably works best blaring out of your car speakers as you fly down the
highway, wind blowing through your hair on the way to another wild Saturday
night.

 

Built around Mason’s thundering, melodic percussion and the sinewy
intertwining of Johnston’s guitar with Ray’s lap steel, songs like “I’m
Southern”, “Days of Gold” and “Whiskey Soaked Redemption” on their self-produced
debut bristle with energy and explode at a moments notice. Tracks like “Down to
the River”, “Get Your Buzz On” and “Back It Up” evoke the legends of Southern
Rock – your Molly Hatchets, your Outlaws, your Ozark Mountain Daredevils – but
they aren’t nostalgic, aren’t fetishistic reconstructions of by-gone eras. This
the new sound of the New South, bigger and badder than ever.


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