The Cadillac Three's 'The South' sells big in release

The Cadillac Three, the regular Ardmore performing group made up of Nashville natives Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray and Neil Mason, released their debut single, “The South,” with the help of a few good friends recently. The gritty song features Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Eli Young Band’s Mike Eli and sold more than 10,000 units in its first week.

“I remembered the first time I heard ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ and I was just mesmerized with it,” Jaren Johnston said. “I thought we needed something that would resonate with people the way ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ did for me as a kid.”

Jared, who has songwriting credit on songs like Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl” and Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly,” co-wrote “The South.” TC3 has spent the last several months visiting radio stations across the country to share their brand of country music.

“We call our sound ‘country fuzz,’” Jared said. “It’s the best of both of those worlds – a little lap steel, some raunchy, Southern vocals and story songwritingwith big drums. Really, a combination of what we all grew up listening to – Bocephus and Skynyrd – infused with some of what’s going on today – a little Eric [Church] and Dierks [Bentley]. Being born and raised here, we’re just excited to do something a little different for Nashville.”

The Cadillac Three will tour Europe with Eric Church this spring and join Jake Owen’s Days of Gold Tour in March. They will perform in Las Vegas during the ACM Party for A Cause Festival benefitting Outnumber Hunger on April 4.