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Show preview: The Cadillac Three

Where: The Blue Note

When: Thursday, Dec. 1. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Ticket cost: $18

Openers: Ryan Beaver

The Cadillac Three has a distinct fuzzy country rock band sound that is 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, “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 at The Blue Note.

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

This post was written by Rebekah Northern, contributing writer for The Blue Note & Rose Blog. 

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Kacey Musgraves lights up Summerfest

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A tinsel foil fringe curtain reflected the light from neon pink and green colored cacti to illuminate 9th Street during the second Summerfest of the season on Saturday, April 30. Kacey Musgraves took the stage with band members clad in matching hot pink suits with sparkling seams and cowboy hats.

The Katy Perry reminiscent stage set couldn’t have fit better with beauty pageant theme of the country singer/songwriter’s most recent album, Pageant Material. Concert-goes of all ages packed the street to see Musgraves perform, wearing everything from cowboy boots to tiaras to shirts with the word “Biscuits” across the front. She of course played “Biscuits,” along with her other hits like “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Follow Your Arrow.” In addition to the songs off her album, I found myself singing along to her cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs” and struggling to keep up as she rattled off the names of cities in “I’ve Been Everywhere.”

The show, which had been threatened earlier in the day by weather forecasts calling for storms and heavy rain, ended with clear skies and a cool breeze as people made their way home and employees restored 9th Street back to normal, ready to be transformed again for the next Summerfest on Friday, May 20.

This post was written by Cameron Evans, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose.


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The Devil Makes Three: Show Preview

Where: The Blue Note
When: October 15, doors at 7:30 p.m.
, show at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance | $17 day of show.
Openers: Cave Singers
 

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The Devil Makes Three are not concerned with the state of the music scene today. Where artists like Arcade Fire and Radiohead are traversing new electronic sounds, The Devil Makes Three are exploring the old-timey stylings of ragtime and rockabilly.

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The Californian three-piece play a folksy rendition of country and blues music, warm nostalgic tunes that bring to mind barn dances and outdoor festivals with plenty of good food piled high. Songs that should be playing as you hop a train car and ride the rails, songs that evoke images of 1920’s America going by at 25 miles per hour.

The three members of The Devil Makes Three all pull double duty while performing, singing and playing their respective instruments. Lucia Turino on the upright bass adds her classical country singing voice to the mix, providing sweet back up vocals to lead singer and guitarist Pete Bernhard. 

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Opening for The Devil Makes Three are The Cave Singers, a group that blends traditional folk roots like Woodie Guthrie with a more contemporary indie style. Featuring guitar twangs and washboard scrapes, The Cave Singers are from the same old school as The Devil Makes Three, playing music that could perfectly soundtrack a movie like Cool Hand Luke.

Order a ticket today and stomp your feet to the banjo and washboard at The Devil Makes Three and The Cave Singers.

This post was written by Zachary Van Epps, contributing writer for The Blue Note.