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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

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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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