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The Cadillac Three

Where: The Blue Note

When: Tonight! Doors at 7:00pm, show at 8:00 pm

Ticket cost: $18

Openers: Ryan Beaver

The Cadillac Three has a distinct fuzzy country rock band sound that is very raw and relatable. Experiencing “TC3” live changes the game, and it’s going down tomorrow night. Let me help you become acquainted with these badass musicians.

The Tennessean bandmates Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray and Neil Mason have been creating music together since their teenage years. From playing empty dive bars and crashing couches, to writing hits on Nashville’s music row, to selling out major shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, the trio has collectively encountered just about every high and low within the music industry.

From their experiences, a raw and unique sound was born that transcends genres and some may even say eras that go back to 70s southern rock. The Cadillac Three has the ability fully bring down a house full of Lynyrd Skynyrd to Dierks Bentley fans without rearranging a song on their set list.

Grinding out hit songs is nothing new to The Cadillac Three, especially for lead singer and guitarist, Jaren Johnston. Along with writing with TC3, Johnston has written songs cut by likes of Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Frankie Ballard and Tim McGraw… just to name a few.

The trio’s top hits include their staple single “The South”

…along with “White Lightening”

and “Party Like You.”

A die-hard Cadillac Three fan, like myself, will tell you that it is really tough to pick a favorite song from their albums!

Here is mix of TC3 essentials for you:


With the great amount of music and success associated to The Cadillac Three, Jaren Johnston recently shared with CMT that, “I don’t actually think we’ve ever really tried to write a hit. It’s the realness bringing people in. We’ll sing about fighting, growing up in a small town, spraying your name on a bridge or me missing my wife. I think fans are seeing the realness in a world where a lot of it’s fake.”

Do not miss your chance to see The Cadillac Three tonight at The Blue Note.

P.S. Show up early because Ryan Beaver will starting the night off right! Check him out:

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The Hooten Hallers

Where: Rose Music Hall

When: Saturday, Nov. 12. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9:00 pm

Ticket cost: $8

Openers: Matt Woods + Paul Weber & The Scrappers

There’s music for when you cry. There’s music for when you’re cruising around in your car. Heck, there’s even music for when you’re doing homework. But in my opinion, the best kind of music just makes you want to let loose.

Foot stomping, head bobbing, maybe some air drumming or guitaring are all things you’ll want to do when you hear The Hooten Hallers – an instrument slanging music machine who gives a whole new meaning to rock ‘n roll.

Homegrown here in Columbia, the band mixes a variety of sounds from blues to soul to rock ‘n roll, with a lot of emphasis on the rock ‘n roll. They never offer less than the highest of energy, and their organic sound is gritty, rebellious and powerful as hell. To say they get you in touch with your American roots is an understatement.

Aside from the ridiculous instrumentals, a huge part of what makes The Hooten Hallers so raw is the crisp sound of lead guitarist, John Randall’s, and drummer, Andy Rehm’s, voices. Their gritty and raspy vocals are absolutely unreal, especially when they’ve got some authentic harmonies happening.

The hardest part and the ultimate goal of a performer’s job is crowd participation. The Hooten Hallers, however, don’t struggle with that at all. They are so zealous about the art they create and relay that through every beat played and every note sung. So, if you’re looking for a night out full of high-energy, no sitting, and insane tunage, look no further.

This post was written by Alyssa Michaels, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog. 

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Four Ways AJJ Just Gets It

Have you ever turned to music to hear someone who gets it? A voice that totally understands what you’re feeling and puts it into words better than you ever could? Don’t we all? But sometimes, don’t you just wish an artist would sing it how it is without all the abstract, vague references to unspoken feelings?

AJJ (Formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) is one of those artists who just gets it. He blatantly sings about issues that everyone can relate to. He touches on everything from how much growing up sucks, to how much your ex sucks, to how much the world sucks.

1. The world sucks sometimes and so do humans, but that’s normal. 

“How is the world so small when the world is so large. And who made the world, could I please speak to who’s in charge.” – “People II: The Reckoning”

This song sums it all up. People are flawed and the world is flawed. AJJ lets us know that yeah, we’re all a little messed up, but it’s okay. It’s okay to be messed up and it’s okay to be angry sometimes because we’re all human. I respect this message. Listening to this song also makes me feel better about some of my bad habits… like eating an obscene amount of cheese balls every time I get stressed out.

2. Growing up really f***ing sucks. 

“Growing up really f***ing sucks. I want to fall in love but I don’t love anybody. But I’m afraid I don’t care.” – “Growing Up”

I don’t know a single soul who hasn’t identified with that statement at one point or another in their life. Personally, I identify with that statement right now. Growing up sucks. You keep getting older and you have all these responsibilities and your family wants you to be in love – but what if you aren’t? It’s enough to make you want to lay on the floor and reevaluate your life, because sometimes that’s just what it comes to.

3. Life is too short to be sad all the time. 

“Let’s make the most of it, ’cause life’s too short to f**k with.” – Jesus Saves

In this song, AJJ recognizes that we all get sad sometimes. As much as it would be easy to sit and cry about it, life is simply too short for that. Yes, we all get sad or get down on ourselves. But so what? We can’t waste our time being upset or feeling hopeless or else we’ll “rot away” without really living our lives. Pick yourself up, get over it and move on. Also, eat chocolate and watch sitcoms. Do whatever it is that is good for your soul.

4. Equality. 

“People are people regardless of anything. I have faith in my fellow man, and I only hope that he has faith in me.” – “People”

People are people regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, income, background or ANYTHING for that matter. AJJ recognizes that people can be hateful, inconsiderate and unfair. But you’re special, I’m special, we are all special. We need to believe in one another. We are, essentially, all the same in our differences. Now go hug someone.

5. Everyone on this earth is a family. ❤️

“We are all one big band across this land and we should sing in tune.” – “No More Tears”

This one doesn’t need an explanation. We all need to recognize we are one big happy family. Love wins.

If you identified with any of these reasons why AJJ just gets it, then you’ll enjoy listening to them at Rose Music Hall tonight.

This post was written by Erin Curry, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.