The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three

"This is where I was born and this is where I'll die."
With that passionate battle cry, the centerpiece lyric of their anthem "The South," The Cadillac Three have launched a movement in country music, forging a bond with fans both in the U.S. and overseas in a way not seen since Garth Brooks. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the trio of singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, lap-steel player Kelby Ray and drummer Neil Mason are brothers in "hell yeah!" spirit and in music. They are effortlessly cool, as real as they come and arguably the most vital addition to the country-music landscape this decade.
The proof lies in both their hard-rocking live shows and their blistering new album Bury Me in My Boots, their first recorded for Big Machine Records. Onstage, the group possesses a sonic power that other touring bands couldn't match with double the players. Johnston sings and shreds with a room-filling "kiss my ass" attitude, Ray delivers slippery riffs and a phantom bass line on his steel, and Mason pulverizes the kit with the force of Zeppelin's John Bonham. Remarkably, they've harnessed that same crackling energy on Bury Me in My Boots, a collection of 14 songs that were hatched the old-fashioned way: written on the road and tested live in front of an audience.
"I've never seen any other band in Nashville say, 'Yeah, man, we like to try out a song live for a long time just to make sure it goes over well, before we put it on a record,'" says Johnston. "Most Nashville bands, they get a demo, they like it, they cut it, and it's on the record and sometimes the radio the next week."
Produced by The Cadillac Three with Dann Huff and Justin Niebank, Bury Me in My Boots is the follow-up to their self-titled 2012 independent debut, which Big Machine re-released after signing the band. But there's more than just years separating the projects.
"We drove thousands of miles in a van and a bus between these two records. We played hundreds of shows in the past five years and have been through so much," says Ray.
Indeed, The Cadillac Three have toured relentlessly in the U.K., where they've garnered a rabid fan base, opened U.S. tours for Eric Church and Dierks Bentley, and are currently on the road with Florida Georgia Line.
"We're still writing songs about where we're from because it's our favorite place in the damn world," says Mason, "but at the same time, we have all these other experiences to draw on. We've been all around the world. This record is everything that has happened since."

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