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The Cadillac Three Electrify New York City’s Bowery Ballroom

The Cadillac Three NYC

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New Yorkers headed out in droves to the downtown venue, Bowery Ballroom last night (2/12) to support a country-rock band that has been playing together for over a decade. The Cadillac Three brought their unique sound, infectious spirit, and killer guitar skills to the stage, singlehandedly entertaining the crowd on a Tuesday night.

At approximately a quarter past eight, the energy in the room intensified as the trio, made up of Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray, and Neil Mason finally took to the stage, immediately getting concertgoers to join in on their first song of the night “Hard Out Here.” The men kept it going with two more high-energy songs off their latest record Country Fuzz, “Blue El Camino” and “Slow Rollin.” Although the new album has only been out for a few days, country fans already knew the words to both of the tracks, proving how diehard the band’s fans truly are.

Throughout the night The Cadillac Three played a mix of songs off the new record, as well as, hits from their previous albums, including songs like “Peace Love & Dixie,” “I’m Rockin’,” and “Tennessee Mojo.” Of course, “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys” and “Bury Me in My Boots” were also included in their killer set. It wasn’t until later in the night that the lead singer Jaren finally addressed the fans in the room.

“Big week for us man. Country Fuzz is out on the streets baby! Worldwide man! So we’re going to play some of that for you tonight, we’ve already played some of that, we’re gonna play some old shit, we’re gonna play some new shit.” Jaren went on to show his appreciation for The Cadillac Three fans adding, “We’re so thankful that y’all came out to support us tonight. Cheers!”

Despite starting with the hard-hitting tracks, the trio decided to slow it down, singing a love song to Johnston’s wife, “White Lightning”, as well as, two other slow-jams entitled “Whiskey and Smoke” and “Drunk Like You”.  Later on in the set, the trio made sure to sing the sultry, “Take Me to the Bottom” off their 2017 record Legacy. Although each deserved a spot in the show, “White Lightning” was definitely one of the highlights of the night, as fans showed their appreciation for the softer, more vulnerable side of the electrifying trio.

The Cadillac Three turned it up a notch yet again, playing more crowd favorites like “Hank & Jesus” and “American Slang.” The trio chose to end their performance on a high night, playing arguably one of their most successful songs to date, “The South,” an album cut with Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Mike Eli that snagged them an ACM Awards nomination, and gave The Cadillac Three the platform and recognition that they have always deserved.

“We’re going to keep playing until they kick us out of here!” exclaimed Jaren, and boy did they do just that, playing over 20 songs in what was an incredible night of music.

We are sure that the next time The Cadillac Three rolls back into town that they will be playing to an even larger number of New York country fans that truly appreciate their artistry, their talent, and their authenticity. To learn more about the trio and why we love them so much, check out our interview with the band below.

For more tour dates head to www.thecadillacthree.com/tour

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NYCountry Swag Exclusive Interview: The Cadillac Three

 

After 15 years as a band, The Cadillac Three, Jaren, Neil, and Kelby have found a way to evolve their sound and yet surprise their fans each and every time they release a record.

Their latest project, Country Fuzz which they dropped last Friday (February 7th) does just that and the guys sat down with NYCountry Swag to chat about their evolution as a band, growing their fan base from the ground up and finding ways around having a commercial radio hit, to be successful.

Watch the interview below where they open up about country radio, about the process of making music after so many years together and more.

To keep up with The Cadillac Three follow them on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

COUNTRY FUZZ is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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NYCS First Impression The Cadillac Three ‘COUNTRY FUZZ’

Country Fuzz

For the first time, since 2017, the country-rock trio, The Cadillac Three have a new album to celebrate! Today marks the release of the dynamic group’s fourth album COUNTRY FUZZ. The long-awaited LP features sixteen tracks that showcase the group’s undeniable talent and versatility, proving that it is a record for many types of country fans.

For fans that love the rowdy side of The Cadillac Three, the new release boasts a few fun-loving hits, including the lead single, “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys” and “Hard Out Here For A Country Boy.” Both tracks lend themselves well to a high-energy live show and get your heart pumping in all the right ways. The latter features both Chris Janson and Travis Tritt. Other songs that scream The Cadillac Three vibes are ”Slow Rollin” and “Heat.”

The Nashville trio’s lead singer, Jaren Johnston shows off his writing chops, solo-writing two of the songs on the project, “Raise Hell” and “Long After Last Call.” While “Raise Hell” is a funky, upbeat tune, “Long After Last Call” features a heartfelt vocal delivery and simple instrumentation. The song may be a surprise to longtime TC3 fans, but it also may be one of their best.

Continuing to infuse elements of funk and soul into their notable county-rock sound, The Cadillac Three added songs like “The Jam” and “Blue El Camino” to their collection. Both songs showcase the trio’s musical mastery, as they play with steel guitars and drums. According to the band “the funkier aspects of this record is where [they] we’re wanting to go, but with big ol’ country hooks,” adding later, “because that is what we’re addicted to from growing up in Nashville. We love country songwriting and huge hooks.”

Other testaments to their exploration as a group include the brilliant “Labels” and “Back Home.” The former is an anthemic song about rejecting labels. The poignant track simply states “nobody wants to be a label” which can refer to many aspects of everyday life as both a human being and an artist. On the other hand, “Back Home” marks the first song the band has ever recorded that they haven’t co-written. Regardless, the nostalgic track, as well as, “Why Ya Gotta Go Out Like That” show a necessary softer side to the trio’s usual hard-hitting sound.

Of course, the trio makes sure to pay homage to whiskey, with two songs dedicated to the liquor, “Jack Daniel’s Heart” and “Whiskey And Smoke.” Both tracks have an enticing, rough-rousing quality to them, as the lead singer offers an interesting take on the widely sung about subject.

Somehow, The Cadillac Three manage to deliver a cohesive project that blurs genre lines, while still remaining true to their distinctly cultivated sound. We commend the passionate trio on their latest release. As the band says perfectly, “it’s not easy to land on something that is your own thing” but somehow they found their sweet spot on this record.

New Yorkers can catch The Cadillac Three next week when they play the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. For tickets and more information, head to thecadillacthree.com.

To keep up with The Cadillac Three follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

COUNTRY FUZZ is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

COUNTRY FUZZ Tracklist:

  1. Bar Round Here || Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Lori McKenna
  2. The Jam || Jaren Johnston, Corey Crowder, Brian Kelly, James McNair
  3. Hard Out Here For A Country Boy (featuring Chris Janson and Travis Tritt) || Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Jeremy Stover
  4. Slow Rollin’ || Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason
  5. All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night || Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Josh Dunne
  6. Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys || Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray Caldwell, Neil Mason, Jefferson Mason, Benjamin Dunn, Corey Crowder, Luke Dick
  7. Labels || Neil Mason, Corey Crowder, Luke Dick
  8. Raise Hell || Jaren Johnston
  9. Back Home || James McNair, Chris Thompkins, Craig Wiseman
  10. Dirt Road Nights || Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Jeremy Stover
  11. Blue El Camino || Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Adam James
  12. Jack Daniels’ Heart || Neil Mason, Josh Dunne
  13. Why Ya Gotta Go Out Like That || Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Ross Copperman
  14. Heat || Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray Caldwell, Neil Mason, Jimmy Robbins
  15. Whiskey And Smoke || Jaren Johnston, Kelby Rae Caldwell, Neil Mason
  16. Long After Last Call || Jaren Johnston

NYCountry Swag Picks:

  1. “Why Ya Gotta Go Out Like That”
  2. “Labels”
  3. “Long After Last Call”
  4. “Raising Hell”

 

 

 

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The Cadillac Three Release Country Rockin’ Single “Heat”

TC3 The Cadillac Three Heat

The Cadillac Three released their brand-new, country rockin’ single “Heat” in preparation for their new album Country Fuzz dropping this Friday, February 7th. This track follows a number of previously released samples such as “Hard Out Here For A Country Boy” and “Dirt Road Nights;” both features on the upcoming album. “Heat” is the last hoorah before the big anticipated release.

“Heat” is a vocoder stained, sensual song layered over intricate, yet powerful guitar fretwork combined with a simple drum beat that makes you wish you were also in the heat of the moment. Jaren Johnston, lead vocalist, tastefully documents that nothing is close to the heat that this girl brings. He sings: “Heat I ain’t ever felt // I finally got into hell // Her kiss keeps burnin’ me up // Keep bringin’ the heat // Girl, bring on the pain // That smoke, that whiskey rain // It’s too hard for me not to touch // Keep bringin’ the heat”

“We wrote ‘Heat’ in the back of the bus with Jimmy Robbins, Neal Mason, and Kelby, but that track was more of a Jimmy vibe so I had to take that and put it into a place that made sense for us but still was what Jimmy did,” Johnston spoke in an IGTV video, “A good sexy love song? C’mon, you win there.”

Kelby adds, potentially the best story of them all, “Heat is definitely one of my favorite songs. The funny thing is, we were coming up with ideas of which direction to take the song and I literally went inside to use the bathroom and I came out and they basically already finished the song. That’s the honest truth about how it was written.”

We love honesty.

The country-rock trio have kicked off their Country Fuzz Presents: The Cadillac Three tour and have added additional dates. Be sure to check out their dates here and New Yorkers can grab tickets to their February 12th show at Bowery Ballroom here.

To keep up with The Cadillac Three follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.”

“Heat” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our “New Country Music” playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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The Cadillac Three “Hard Out Here For A Country Boy” with Travis Tritt & Chris Janson

By Briana Lopez

The Cadillac Three

Photo Credit: Dylan Rucker

The Cadillac Three have released a new song “Hard Out Here For A Country Boy” that features “Good Vibes” singer Chris Janson and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” singer and 90s country icon, Travis Tritt. The upbeat, punchy, attitude-filled song is off their 16-track project COUNTRY FUZZ that will debut February 7, 2020, through Big Machine Records. Guitarist and lead vocalist Jaren Johnston along with drummer Neil Mason wrote the track alongside songwriter Jeremy Stover while on the road.

“We were playing some tour dates with Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band when “Hard Out Here For A Country Boy” was written. He was on the bus when we were playing through some songs and with his big signature twang belted out the line,” shared Johnston in a press release. “I grew up listening to Travis, and he’s a big reason I sing the way I do—that gritty twang thing. We knew he had to be on the song.” Mason added, “This song was kind of a jumping off point for the record and one of the first we cut. We’ve all been buddies for years and Chris heard the song playing in the background during a call with Jaren. It was cool that he quickly wanted to be a part of it and cut the vocal the next day.”

Late last year, the band released “Back Home” and “Long After Last Call” along with the news that they were heading out on tour to support the new music. Their forthcoming album also features the previously released singles “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys” and “All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night”.

Lead vocalist Jaren states, “When I think of Southern rock, I think of Lynyrd Skynyrd. When I think of country I think of Garth Brooks. This record and this band are all that. But it’s also ZZ Top and Jerry Reed. It’s Medeski Martin & Wood and Prince. There’s no better way to describe who we are other than Country Fuzz.”

To the group, COUNTRY FUZZ isn’t just the name of an album, tour or merch line, it’s their aesthetic and what defines them in both their music artistry and the lifestyle that is shared between the three musicians. “We’ve matured as musicians and as a band,” says bassist and steel guitar player Kelby Ray. “Our sound is second nature to us and that only comes from playing together for as long as we have.”

TC3’s sound is something that is unique and different from what is expected from a country group. “It’s not easy to land on something that is your own thing, but we’re proud to say we did that,” says Mason. “It works for us in any direction that we’re going. Country Fuzz is anything from a stripped-down ballad to a sludgy, riff-heavy rock song. And it’s also country-funk.

The Cadillac Three will get ready to hit the road on January 23, 2020, in Jackson, TN before heading off to Europe to headline the Country to Country Festival. New York City fans can catch them on February 12th, at Bowery Ballroom. For tickets and more info click here.

To keep up with The Cadillac Three follow them on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Hard Out Here For A Country Boy” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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The Cadillac Three’s New Party Song “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys”

Crackin' Cold Ones With The Boys The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three have returned with a new single for the first time since their last album in 2017 Legacy. “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys” was released last Friday (4/12) and celebrates the life out on the road, performing for thousands of fans and then sitting back after a long night and enjoying a beverage. The track becomes a checklist for what’s needed to have a good time including tunes, ice, coolers, and cold beer.

As the weather finally starts to warm up, “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys” will definitely put you in the mood for ice cold beers and summer nights. The song was written by band members, Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray, and Neil Mason along with their road traveling crew consisting of Jefferson Brown, Benjamin Dunn, Brandon Wootten, and Chris Grainger while on the tour bus.

In the music video to accompany the new song, the trio is shown on stage at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, performing the track, holding up beers with the crowd during their energetic live show. Check out the video below.

“Our band and crew have this ongoing joke about how it’s time to ‘crack some cold one with the boys’ so we ran with that,” drummer Neil Mason tells Rolling Stone.  The song was finished an hour or two later so … we drank some beers!”

To keep up with The Cadillac Three follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Crackin’ Cold Ones with the Boys” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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NYCS Swag Spotlight Featuring Sam Grow

Sam Grow

“As a country music listener, if we think you’re full of shit, we don’t support you. That is why to me, country is the best genre that there is because they have the most amount of loyal listeners, where they are going to buy your record because they support you and what you stand for,” this week’s Swag Spotlight Sam Grow chats with New York Country Swag about creating the music he wants to release to his fans.  His father introduced him to the classic country sound and soul music when he was young, living in Kansas he started to really fall in love with music, attending one of hte biggest bluegrass festivals in the United States.  That is where he first saw Allison Krauss & Union Station and John McCutcheon explaining “…they had that great mix of soul and storytelling of the classics and it really just made me want to chase it and write songs and be honest.”

After attending an Allman Brothers reunion tour with his father when he was thirteen years old, he realized that he wanted to perform on stage one day and just three years later he started working on following that dream.  Since he was sixteen, he has been playing gigs across the country, each year striving to play 250 dates.  He moved to Nashville in 2013 where he signed a publishing deal with Ole Music Publishing and tells us that writing is one of the best parts of his job because he gets to reign in his life and be expressive in all of his music.

He has had the opportunity in his career to be the opening act for artists that he has admired for years including The Cadillac Three, and Randy Houser. Some things he has taken away from those experiences are the song choices, the way that they interact with their audiences and the different ways they change the songs to fit a live show. “I take notes on that, how they make it a better live experience, we work for the people who are nice enough to reach into their pocket and buy a ticket to come to our show so I want to try and give the best experience to anyone that comes out and is willing to spend their hard earned money to watch us,” Grow says.

His current EP, A Little Like Me features five tracks that Grow had either written or co-written.  The title track was written with Taylor Phillips who co-wrote “Hurricane” for Luke Combs and Brock Berryhill who has produced music with Kane Brown, Parmalee, and even Twenty One Pilots.  During that writing session, after talking about how much they loved 90’s country like Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, and Brooks & Dunn, Phillips just said: “I just want to write some stuff that’s a little more like me.” Thirty-five minutes later, they had a fully formed song, that combines southern rock and country that Grow is so fond of.

He isn’t worried if his music will be played on the radio or if it will compete with the latest songs topping the charts, he is proud of the music he is releasing and will continue to remain genuine to that. “A country music listener, that’s what they are built on, look at a guy like Eric Church, I go to an Eric Church concert and I listen to him sing songs and I know that every word that he is singing is true,” he explains.  He wants to create music that listeners can relate to and he understands the fans that love country music are looking for the same. “I’ve never chased that glitter because I grew up listening to Church and Kip Moore. When you come from nothing, and you get something, you appreciate it, you get to wake up and sing songs every day. I don’t need anything else other than that.”

Be sure to follow Sam Grow on social media for all of the latest details about his new music and tour schedule,  Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

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