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article imageReview: The Cadillac Three rocks New York's Hammerstein Ballroom Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 31, 2014 in Music
New York - Country trio The Cadillac Three performed at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on May 30, warming up the stage for country mega-star Jake Owen.
The Cadillac Three is comprise of Jaren Johnston on lead vocals and guitar, Neil Mason on drums and backing vocals, as well as multi-instrumentalist Kelby Ray on bass, dobro, acoustic guitar and background vocals. They are signed to Big Machine Records.
A prolific songwriter, Johnston co-penned five songs on Owen's latest studio album Days of Gold, including the vivacious title track single and the follow-up "Beachin'."
Their set included the rocking "Get Your Buzz On," "I'm Southern," the fun "Back It Up" as well as their lead single, the gritty "The South," which is making its way in the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts. The actual song is a collaboration with such country artists as Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli (from the country group Eli Young Band) and Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard from Florida Georgia Line.
"The South," which pays tribute to the trio's southern roots, was certainly a fan-favorite due to its gritty and relatable nature. Johnston's a-capella ending that he incorporated as a crowd sing-along was haunting, and they resumed the chorus as a reprise. "This is where I was born and this is where I'll die," Johnston stressed.
They returned to the stage during Owen's set, as they collaborated with him on his closing song "Small Town," a rendition of the John Mellencamp rock classic.
The Verdict
The Cadillac Three is one of country music's most underrated live musical acts and vocally, Jaren Johnston is in a league of his own. They manage to stay true to their roots and influences, and they are not afraid to tell it like it is. They are southern rock and country at its best. They are worth checking out live whenever they are in the area.
For more information on The Cadillac Three and their upcoming tour dates, visit their official website.
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