Earlier this year Nashville based outfit The Cadillac Three delivered one of the standout albums of 2017 in the shape of Legacy.

The Cadillac Three boys have been far from resting on their laurels. Being in a particularly creative place last year the trio re-entered the studio to commence work on Legacy on the release day of their sophomore record Bury Me In My Boots

Subsequently, the band are back in the UK for an extensive run in support of Legacy and make a welcome return to the North East of England for a packed out show at the O2 Academy Newcastle as part of their “Long Hair Don’t Care” tour.

There’s been a real groundswell in country music in the UK in recent times, and it’s no surprise that an influx of US-based country artists are hoping the pond to build on their fan base on this side of the Atlantic. Of course, The Cadillac Three have witnessed great success in Europe and on this run they are joined by their Nashville neighbours the Brothers Osborne who are making their Tyneside debut this evening.

The duo performed their inaugural UK show earlier this year at the annual Country To Country festival in London, and besides the occasional one-off show in the capital, this is the Brothers Osborne’s largest tour on our British shores to date. The pair is also getting ready to release the follow up to 2015’s Pawn Shop next year.

Tonight the multi-award winning duo delivers a set which largely centres on their debut album. There’s been a lot of interest surrounding the Brothers Osborne in recent times and subsequently, a full house is in attendance from early in the evening.

Immediately from the off T.J and John has the Newcastle crowd eating out of the palms of their hand as they take to the stage with “Down Home”.

The band slows things down with the stunning country ballad “Loving Me Back”, which features some sublime vocal harmonies. Very quickly it becomes easy to see why the Brothers Osborne recently scooped the ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’ gong at this year’s CMA Awards.

The band close out their remarkable set with their contemporary country hit singles “Stay A Little Longer” (a track which has had a staggering 16 million streams on YouTube) and “Ain’t My Fault”, which each, in turn, has the crowd singing and clapping along from the off. The Brothers Osborne have recently announced their first full UK headline tour for next year and on the strength of this performance alone they are not to be missed.

As The Cadillac Three takes to the stage they immediately set the tone for the night ahead with the heavy fuzz fuelled groove of “Peace Love and Dixie”.

Early on in the show TC3 showcase the Legacy album with the likes of the band’s country-inflected number “Hank and Jesus” during which they really spread out and jam; their foot-stomping single “Demolition Man” and the tour moniker “Long Hair Don’t Care” following in quick succession.

Jaren gets up close and personal with the crowd during the latter stages of “Bury Me In My Boots” venturing down into the pit at the front of the stage, as well as climbing up onto the security fence to bring the band’s fans closer to the action. He even belts out a few bars of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” in the process.

Everyone knows that The Cadillac Three can rock. Whilst grasping a stunning Gibson Flying V belonging to US chanteuse Grace Potter, Jaren leads the band into a fierce double of “I’m Southern” and “I’m Rockin’”. You can’t help but be swept away by TC3’s infectious anthems.

Unlike most drummers who are tucked away behind their kit, TC3 sticks man Neil Mason is quite the opposite and can often be found up on his feet smashing down on his cymbals or encouraging the fans to sing along.

The Cadillac Three prove that they are not all about their hard-hitting numbers as they showcase some stunning heartfelt love songs. Standing alone centre stage Jaren takes the Tyneside faithful through the beautiful “Running Red Lights”. Much like the latter both “Graffiti” and “White Lightning” truly showcase TC3’s phenomenal songwriting ability.

Kelby Ray’s unparalleled pedal steel playing gives TC3 that distinctive southern flavour. He takes an incredible solo spot delivering some beautifully intricate playing during the latter stages of “Whiskey Soaked Redemption”.

The Cadillac Three close out their main set with old favourite “Days Of Gold”, the whole room clapping along.

After a brief rest bite, the band returns to the stage for a duly deserved encore as they deliver one of the standout songs from the Legacy album in the shape of “American Slang”. Of course, TC3 are fiercely proud of their roots and as they bring their 1 hour and 50 minute set to a close they rock out one last time with “The South”.

Throughout tonight’s performance, it becomes apparent that with TC3’s latest material their sound has matured somewhat since the release of Tennessee Mojo. With Legacy, the band have continued to push their creative boundaries.

The Cadillac Three continue to go from strength to strength. Whereas others often fall by the wayside by making the mistake of releasing the same album over and over again with this now the band’s third record they have put forward new material which still has that distinctive southern rock TC3 sound which their fans have come to know and love whilst at the same time incorporating more of a traditional country sound in places. Thus keeping things both fresh and interesting for the band and fans alike.

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Event Date: 19-Nov-2017

About The Author

Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam’s work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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