By Briana Lopez
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.
“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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