Cadillac Three Look To Carry On Southern Musical Tradition

(Radio.com) With their single "The South," Cadillac Three were looking to give the youth of today a song that they could relate to, just as the band related to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" when they were little.

Jaren Johnston said he wanted the gritty track to be "an epic, Southern song that hits you immediately the first time you hear it. You know it's a serious situation you just heard. That's what I wanted to do. I sat down and wrote that."

Fittingly, the three members of Cadillac Three -singer/songwriter Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason and lap steel player Kelby Ray- hail from Nashville, Tenn. making the lines "This is where I was born/ And this is where I'll die," resonate even more.

The band released their self-titled debut last May on Big Machine and are currently working on its followup with producers Dann Huff and Justin Niebank. Radio.com caught up with the guys over several days in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which they were attending for the first time.

"We're just soaking it in," Mason said in a trailer backstage before the band's ACM Party for a Cause performance. "It's cool to be here and actually get to see all our friends and all the other bands. We're all running around in the world separately most of the time. To be able to be in the same place for a weekend, it's probably going to get a little out of hand." more on this story

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