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.
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