The Cadillac Three deliver the sounds of the Southern US to the North of England as they embark on their most extensive UK tour to date.
The Cadillac Three have been making waves in the UK since their arrival on British shores. The band have sold out every headlining show here for almost two years, as well as picking up the coveted Best New Band award at the Classic Rock Magazine awards in 2014. The future most certainly looks bright for the Nashville-based trio. With their eagerly anticipated sophomore album expected to drop mid-summer, our appetites have been whet by their latest single, “Graffiti.”
Fans filed in early to catch the Texas-based outfit, Whiskey Myers, open the show. The band delivered an excellent set highlighting their latest album, Early Morning Shakes along with a rousing rendition of The White Stripe’s classic, “Seven Nation Army.” With a groundswell of interest in Southern Rock and the rising popularity of bands like Blackberry Smoke and The Cadillac Three, Whiskey Myers most certainly has the chops to break into the UK market.
It’s Friday night in Newcastle, a city well known for its party status. It is of no surprise the venue is packed to capacity with fans ready to get their buzz on with The Cadillac Three. There is a real energy in the room as they take the stage, an energy that doesn’t subside at any point in the show. As the band opens their set, it is clear that they mean business launching straight into “Party Like You,” “I’m Southern,” and the superb “Tennessee Mojo.”
Front man Jaren Johnston has written hit songs for the likes of Keith Urban, Jake Owen, and Tim McGraw. As the band slowed down the pace with “White Lightning,” it is understandable why many of the tracks he has written with those other artists have reached No. 1 in the US. Kelby Ray delivers a phenomenal lap steel guitar performance, particularly on tracks like “Whiskey Soaked Redemption.” Drummer Neil Mason holds down a powerful groove throughout the show.
The majority of the band’s set revolves around their debut album, Tennessee Mojo, and the Peace Love and Dixie EP. The Cadillac Three also play three tracks from their upcoming, yet untitled, album. These include “Girls on Fire,” their new single “Graffiti,” and the beautiful “Running Red Lights.” During a foot-stomping rendition of “Days of Gold,” Mason plays a short drum solo, with Johnston joining in on percussion. The band closes their set with “The South,” the crowd hanging on every word.
“Country music is alive and well up here in Newcastle” declares Johnston and the audience most certainly agree. This concert is the band’s first appearance in the city; it most certainly won’t be their last.