Thanks to Dierks Bentley having them as openers on his tour a year or so ago, The Cadillac Three (then known as The Cadillac Black) have become permanent fixtures on my playlist. The three band members Neil Mason (drums,
percussion & vocals), Kelby Ray (dobro, bass steel guitar & vocals) and Jaren Johnston (guitar & vocals) all hail from Nashville. Johnston has co-written Keith Urban’s #1 “You Gonna Fly” as well as songs for Bentley, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and others.
The music of The Cadillac Three has been described as ‘country fuzz’: a mix of country & southern rock with bits and pieces of other genres thrown in for good measure. Add it all up and it’s darn good music.
Their new single is also the first for their new label, BMLG. They certainly continue the country rockin’ sound on “The South” on which they get vocal assists from Dierks, Florida Georgia Line & Mike Eli of the Eli Young
Band. It’s a song that’s really “all about the south” & it’s components from the red clay to the magnolias to the diners. By the time he sings “even if you’re up north, come on down, come on down” I was ready to go.
At first listen, you might not know what you are in for. The slow burn of the first verse actually makes you anticipate that something different is ahead. Then, guitars lead you into to a booming chorus with a hard edge that “ain’t subtle,” but is perfect for cranking up loud, rolling the windows down (yes, even in late Fall) and singing at the top of your lungs. Bonus points if you can figure out all of the lyrics & sing the states in order.
“Boots and buckles, red clay and sand
My point ain’t subtle here I’m a southern man
Where the beer seems colder and women seem hotter
Where the world don’t seem so damn modern
Where a good ole’ boy like me still has a chance
Aw this is where I was born and this is where I’ll die…its all about the south.”
If it hasn’t already, “The South” will become a song in their live shows that has the entire dive bar/arena/amphitheatre fist pumping and singing along.
The single officially goes to radio on November 25th. If you can catch them live, do. They perform with a melt your face off energy that leaves you
Four and a Half Stars