Back in December when The Cadillac Three were last in the UK I was most upset when I didn’t get the chance to see them, so I was really excited when I got the chance to go along to the Cathouse in Glasgow on Thursday night to finally catch up with them. After a fun interview where we talked about haggis, Slash and So I Married an Axe Murderer they got up on stage and blew the sell out crowd away. You can listen to the interview at the link below.
First things first and the support act Sky Valley Mistress. I also got the chance to interview them and they came across really well. They’ve gone from playing in empty pubs to Download and I predict their upward curve is set to continue. Singer Kayley looks like she wouldn’t say boo to a goose but when she sings she has an incredible power, showcased well in opening track Smoke Fairy. At times they reminded me of Blues Pills, three guys and a female vocalist, shaking her hair and her tambourine with equal fervour. Blues Pills have skyrocketed lately and I wish the same for Sky Valley Mistress. They’ve taken every opportunity to play as many gigs as possible and they told me they’re now seeing it pay off. Their new EP is Rivals, Hounds and Rebel Sisters and it’s well worth checking out. Their six song set featured tracks from that EP as well as their previous one, The Best Thing You’ve Never Heard. They closed with Dirty Blonde Blues, and by that time the crowd had really filled up and they left the stage to much enthusiasm. Definitely ones to watch!
The Cadillac Three arrived on stage shortly afterwards, and the room went crazy for them. From the opening minute they had them in the palm of their hands as the crowd cheered every minute, sang every word, and the girls in the front screamed and whistled at every wink and wave from singer Jaren. At this point I was struggling to take pictures, as I find it absolutely impossible not to jig around when I hear them. The set was made up of tracks from album Tennessee Mojo and new EP Peace, Love and Dixie. Jaren commented that they’ve been blown away by the support in the UK, as fans sang along word perfect to an EP that was only released three days previously. It was a gig full of highlights, but if I had to pick out a few I’d say The South was amazing. As the crowd took over, singing “This is where I was born and this is where I’ll die,” Jaren told them it sounded like church, as Neil and Kelby raised their drinks to salute the singers. Peace, Love and Dixie, Back It Up and Party Like You were also tremendous, but if I’m honest the whole gig was one long highlight.
Sorry if I’m raving but I can’t emphasise enough how good this gig was. It’s amazing that only three men can make such a lot of music. I wouldn’t even know what to do with a lapsteel but Kelby Ray really generates that country fuzz tone that The Cadillac Three are known for. Neil Mason on drums managed to break a lot of sticks and the section where he and Jaren both played the drums together was really entertaining. Obviously my favourite part was when Jaren, mid song, added the line, “ain’t that right Karen!” That’s it, I can die happy. The Cadillac Three tour continues, and is a complete sell out. Make sure you get in quick for tickets next time, I promise you won’t regret it.
Sky Valley Mistress Interview: https://planetmosh.com/sky-valley-mistress-interview-glasgow-5315/
The Cadillac Three Interview: https://planetmosh.com/the-cadillac-three-interview-glasgow-5615/
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