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The Cadillac Three
The Cadillac Three
The Cadillac Black
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresSouthern rock, country
LabelsBig Machine
American Bang

The Cadillac Three, originally known as The Cadillac Black, is an American Southern rock group consisting of Jaren Johnston (lead vocals, guitar), Kelby Ray (bass guitar, steel guitar, vocals), and Neil Mason (drums, vocals). All three members were originally in the band American Bang. The group has released three albums through Big Machine Records, and has charted three singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. In addition to their own work, Johnston has written singles for Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Steven Tyler, Dallas Smith, and Jake Owen.


Before its foundation, all three members were in the group American Bang, which also featured Ben Brown as a fourth member; Mason and Brown had been in the band Llama before that.[1] Between 2011 and 2013, Johnston co-wrote "You Gonna Fly" for Keith Urban, "Southern Girl" for Tim McGraw, and "Days of Gold" for Jake Owen, the last of which was also co-written by Mason.[2][3]

The group released their debut self-titled album in 2012 (then titled The Cadillac Black). In February 2013, the group signed to Big Machine Records and reissued their album.[4] The album includes their own rendition of "Days of Gold".[5]

In late 2013, the trio released its debut single, "The South." It features guest vocals from Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Eli Young Band lead singer Mike Eli. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country praised the song for its Southern rock influences.[6] The song debuted at number 58 on the Country Airplay charts dated for the week ending December 21, 2013.[7] On January 15, 2014, the group played their song on an episode of Nashville.[8]

In 2015 the band played a show in America on the Friday, flew in from America to the UK to play Download Festival on the Saturday and ended up hitting the stage using fellow American band Black Stone Cherry's equipment as TC3's had not made it to the UK with them. Within hours of their set at Download they were heading back to America for a different festival appearance the following day. On April 23, 2015, the band played on Mane Stage in Long Beach, California.[9]

The band's second album, Bury Me in My Boots, was released on August 5, 2016. It debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, selling 11,000 copies in the first week.[10]

The band went on their first headlining US tour with Monster Energy Outbreak Presents from January 19 to March 17.

They released their third album, Legacy, on August 25, 2017.[11]


Studio albums

Title Details Peak positions Sales
US Country[13] UK
The Cadillac Three
  • Release date: April 17, 2012
  • Label: Nobody Buys Records, Big Machine
-- -- --
Bury Me in My Boots
  • Release date: August 5, 2016
  • Label: Big Machine Records
34 5 --
  • Release date: August 25, 2017
  • Label: Big Machine Records
120 14 16


Title Details Notes
I'm Southern
  • Release date: March 16, 2014
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • UK-exclusive digital EP. Contains the original album version of "I'm Southern" as well as three acoustic versions of "Tennessee Mojo", "The South", and "I'm Southern."[18][19][20]
Peace, Love & Dixie
  • UK-exclusive EP that was released in support of the band's 2015 tour. Features four new studio and two live tracks.[21]


Year Single Peak chart
Sales Album
US Country[22] US Country Airplay[23]
2013 "The South"
(featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Mike Eli)
32 33 Bury Me in My Boots
2014 "Party Like You" 48 43
2015 "White Lightning" 39 38
2016 "Drunk Like You" -- --
2017 "Dang If We Didn't" -- -- Legacy
2019 "Crackin' Cold Ones with the Boys" TBA


Music videos

Year Video Director
2013 "Tennessee Mojo"[27]
"The South"[28] Shane Drake
2014 "I'm Southern"[29]
"Party Like You"[30] Brian Lazzaro
2015 "White Lightning"[31] David McClister
2016 "Graffiti"[32] Lyle Lindgren
2017 "Dang If We Didn't"
2019 "Crackin' Cold Ones with the Boys" Dylan Rucker

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2015 ACM Awards[33] Vocal Event of the Year - "The South"
(with Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli)


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  7. ^ "Billboard Country Update" (PDF). Billboard. December 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
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  10. ^ Asker, Jim (August 16, 2016). "Jon Pardi's 'Boots' Kicks Up First Country Airplay No. 1". Billboard.
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  14. ^ "The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart". Radio 1.
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  18. ^ "New EP out in the UK The Cadillac Three". 2014-03-20. Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "I'm Southern EP: The Cadillac Three: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved .
  20. ^ "I'm Southern EP by The Cadillac Three on iTunes". 2014-01-01. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "Uk Exclusive: Brand New Peace, Love & Dixie Ep Available Now! The Cadillac Three". 2015-02-20. Archived from the original on 2016-03-24. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Hot Country Songs results for The Cadillac Three". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Country Airplay results for The Cadillac Three". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 8, 2014). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - May 8, 2014: Brantley Gilbert's Guns N Roses Debut". Roughstock. Archived from the original on May 9, 2014.
  25. ^ Matt Bjorke (October 12, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: October 12, 2015". Roughstock.
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  27. ^ "YouTube : Videos : The Cadillac Three : Tennessee Mojo". YouTube. Retrieved 2013.
  28. ^ "CMT : Videos : The Cadillac Three : The South". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014.
  29. ^ "YouTube : Videos : The Cadillac Three : I'm Southern". YouTube. Retrieved 2014.
  30. ^ "CMT : Videos : The Cadillac Three : Party Like You". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014.
  31. ^ "White Lightning - The Cadillac Three". Vevo. Retrieved 2015.
  32. ^ "Graffiti - The CadillaThree". Vevo. Retrieved 2016.
  33. ^ "2015 ACM Awards Nominees Announced". 2015-01-30. Retrieved .

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