After having to reschedule the show from a previous date, The Cadillac Three return to Grand Rapids to make it up to the crowd by bringing new music with them.
Due to a family emergency back home in Nashville, The Cadillac Three were forced to cancel their earlier show in March. Returning a month later to The Intersection in Grand Rapids, they were welcomed by a loud energized crowd who had waited long enough for their arrival.
The Cadillac Three is a fusion of outlaw country and southern rock country. The band is Jaren Johnson (lead vocals and guitar), Neil Mason (drums), and Kelby Ray (pedal steel guitar).
As The Cadillac Three took to the stage, they performed songs from their self-titled debut album released back in 2013 by Big Machine Records. Songs from their initial album included “I’m Southern,” “Tennessee Mojo,” and “Back It Up” along with playing their hit songs “White Lightning” and “Party Like You.”
The Cadillac Three also covered material from their upcoming album that is slated to be released later in 2016. New songs included “Graffiti” and their current release, “Drunk Like You.”
From the time the band entered the stage, the crowd’s energy was high as they sang along with the band to all the tunes throughout the show. Feeding from the crowd’s enthusiasm, the band continued as they appeared to be having fun with the crowd and playing louder. The crowd responded by getting even more boisterous.
The show ended with the band playing their debut single, “The South,” as the crowd raised their arms in the air and fist pumped to the beat of the song.
Taking the stage before The Cadillac Three were Brent James & The Vintage Youth. Unfortunately for the band, they experienced technical complications with their guitar player’s equipment delaying their start. When they finally fixed the problem, the group had lost the attention of the crowd and struggled to get it back.
However, while on stage, Brent remained a professional entertainer and pushed through. He sang a Johnny Cash favorite of his, “Folsom Prison Blues” included with originals of his and the band. Tracks included their current single, “Hurt So Bad (But It Feels So Good),” from an upcoming new album.
Local support came from Grand Rapids’ own Union Guns. The group is a crowd favorite at The Intersection and surrounding venues and entertained the audience with a mixture of originals and covers.
Union Guns is a country rock band that lead vocalist and guitar player Jake Mellema describes as, “a country band that loves to rock.” With the rest of his band, Frank Pop (bass guitar,) Douglas James (lead guitar), and Scott Gentry (drums), they pushed the crowd’s excitement level to a high getting them ready for the evening’s event.