It was the final night of The Cadillac Three on their headline UK and both the band and the crowd were ready to party southern style.
4 piece Sky Valley Mistress had been the support for the entire tour. Fronted by singer Kayley Davies, this was rock with a blues element to it and they played it loud from the outset. With powerful vocals over a dirty rhythm, the band played an energetic set from the very first song. “We are Sky Valley Mistress and we play rock and roll” announced Kayley and they certainly did that. With a songs that were full of heavy sounding guitars over impressive vocals, this was a band that deserved their place on the tour. “Wishbone” which is from their latest EP ‘Rivals, Hounds and Rebel Sisters’ was a monster sounding track. With Sky Valley Mistress having a certain something about them and with their excellent live performance, this is definitely a band to watch out for.
“This is where I was born and this is where I’ll die” sang Jaren Johnston along with the entire crowd, as The Cadillac Three took to the stage at a packed out Dingwalls and the band brought their delicious style of country fuzz to the capital. With a generous amount of Jack Daniels sharing the stage, it was straight into ‘Party Like You’, as the drums of Neil Mason pounded through the song, the lap steel of Kelby Ray and those great vocals from Jaren all combined to make the crowd go wild from the start. It was beers aloft, enough foot stomping to make the floor vibrate and an entire room singing along to every song. There were plenty of favourite songs from their album as well as new track ‘Peace, Love and Dixie’ with its great harmonies, and ‘Tennessee Mojo’ was sung back at the band with enthusiasm by those there. Looking delighted to be back, Jaren quite rightly seemed proud of the fact that on their first headline UK tour “we’ve sold the whole son of a bitch out” as it was song after song of their excellent tunes including classic TC3 ‘Back It Up’. Having already been spotted by some members of the crowd outside the venue before the show, the band dedicated their next song ‘White Lightning’ to Chrissie Hynde, thanking her for “taking them out on the road when no one else would and for believing in them”, as the crowd provided backing vocals throughout. As the band had now been over to the UK a few times in the last 12 months, they were “beginning to understand” what the Brits were saying, could now buy smokes without getting confused and wanted to say “thanks for giving us a second home from home over here”. ‘I’m Southern’ and ‘Get Your Buzz On’ had the crowd going even more wild and when asked to “give me your crazy shit” during ‘Turn It On’ the crowd duly accepted. ‘Whiskey Soaked Redemption’, with Neil raising his bottle of JackD to the crowd in salute, was sung louder by the crowd at times. The band were determined to give everyone there “the best crazy 15 minutes of your life” as they launched into ‘Days Of Gold’, and its memorable dual drumming of Jaren and Neil pulverised the venue. As everyone continued to party it was back to the final song of the night ‘The South’ which was this time played in full. As the band and crowd sang along to “this is where I was born and this is where I’ll die” without any instruments playing, it was a mutual love from the southern US and the southern UK, as everyone sung and partied to the very last note, ending what had been an excellent final night from The Cadillac Three in the UK.