Album Review: The Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots

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Since releasing their debut album ‘Tennessee Mojo’, The Cadillac Three have gradually found themselves on the mainstream country consciousness, partly due to supporting slots on big tours with Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line and partly due to Jaren’s pedigree as mainstream songwriter, with hits for Keith Urban and Tim McGraw amongst others. Of course, over here in the UK they are much bigger with a rock following, and have had many successful sold-out tours and festival dates, including at the main rock/metal Download festival.

‘Bury Me In My Boots’ is a good album. There aren’t many songs that I don’t like, and it plays very well end-to-end as an album should. Having said that, The Cadillac Three, a band famed for kicking ass at a heavy Southern Rock concert with grungy rock music and a huge sound created by just the three of them, have somewhat become more of a cog in the big machine, producing more mainstream country music, more akin to the songs that Jaren tends to feed to country radio such as Keith Urban’s ‘Raise ‘em Up’.

While I find this disappointing as a big Southern Rock fan who has turned from mainstream country somewhat, I must reiterate that it is a good album. ‘This Accent’, ‘Graffiti’, ‘Bury Me In My Boots’ and ‘Drunk Like You’ are good songs if lacking in a bit of the grit that The Cadillac Three made their own in their previous material. As far as efforts to break into the mainstream goes, this is good, and of course I support the boys in their quest to break the next step in their career.

There are several songs that hardcore fans will already be familiar with, such as ‘Party Like You’, ‘Hot Damn’ and ‘Peace Love & Dixie’ which were all on their recent EP ‘Peace Love & Dixie’ and are closer to the rock sound of their first LP. ‘The South (feat. Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Mike Eli)’, the first single to get their name on the map is also on the album which is a good move, since only being released as a single made it susceptible to be forgotten as The Cadillac 3’s career grows.

‘White Lightning’, the best song on ‘Tennessee Mojo’ and the most successful single from the album is also on this record. Why it’s on there I have no idea, since it seems to have been on every The Cadillac 3 album/EP since time began, and has certainly done its time. To be fair, this is a re-produced version, so maybe it will bring something different to current fans, although I think it’s a far worse version than the original, being faster, more filled out with drums and backing vocals and generally more poppy, rather than the gorgeous stripped-back rock song that it was originally.

‘Red Lights’ is the ‘White Lightning’ of this record, being a stripped back rock number. I first heard this live on their UK tour last year, and it floored me then, and I’m glad to say it’s still a stunning track even after it’s been pasteurised in the studio. I hope they release ‘Red Lights’ as a single, because it deserves it, even if it won’t pander to radio as much as many other songs on the album.

‘Slide’ is another favourite on the album, harking back to their rock ‘n’ roll sound, and the vocal synth works so well with Jaren’s great vocal. This is the music I want them to make in future, rather than leaning more towards ‘hick hop’ and country as they’ve done on ‘Bury Me In My Boots’.

Listen to, and buy, this album. A lot of people will like it a lot, but I also suspect that some current fans who bought more into their Southern Rock sound may be a little disappointed, even if they still like the album.

 

  Track List
  1. Bury Me In My Boots   (Kelby Ray Caldwell, Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason)
  2. Slide   (Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Lindsay Rimes)
  3. Drunk Like You   (Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Jesse Frasure)
  4. Graffiti   (Neil Mason, Corey Crowder, Luke Dick)
  5. Buzzin’   (Jaren Johnston, Luke Laird)
  6. Party Like You   (Jaren Johnston, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins)
  7. Ship Faced   (Jaren Johnston, Brent Anderson, Jerrod Niemann)
  8. Soundtrack to a Six Pack   (Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Benjamin Cashatt)
  9. White Lightning   (Jaren Johnston)
  10. The South (ft. Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli)   (Jaren Johnston)
  11. This Accent   (Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Jimmy Robbins)
  12. Peace Love & Dixie   (Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Ryan Hurd)
  13. Hot Damn   (Kelby Ray Caldwell, Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason, Andrew Dorff)
  14. Runnin’ Red Lights   (Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason)


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Nick

I listen to music of all genres, including most of the sub-genres within country. I tend to focus on alt-country/Americana, but have a few loves within more mainstream circles. I am almost certainly the world's biggest Lee Ann Womack and Chris Stapleton fan, but my love of Aubrey Sellers, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson is also the stuff of legend.