Photo Credit: Dylan Rucker
NASHVILLE, TN (March 16, 2021) – Even as touring is halted, THE CADILLAC THREE have remained resolute in their creativity and offering an escape. The Nashville born-and-bred trio released two albums in 2020 – COUNTRY FUZZ in February ahead of October’s TABASCO & SWEET TEA – while also supporting local venues in their hometown and other artists through COUNTRY FUZZ PRESENTS livestream concerts. Today, #SaveOurStages premieres their new video for “Long After Last Call,” a startling reminder of the empty independent venues across the globe. Watch here.
Filmed in Sturgis, South Dakota, before the pandemic surged across the world, frontman Jaren Johnston strummed through “Long After Last Call” as director/producer Dylan Rucker captured the intimate scene that was later expected to be edited with additional footage released following COUNTRY FUZZ. But as dates were postponed then cancelled, TC3 found themselves moving into new creative spaces and adjusting to life off the road.
“We shot Jaren’s performance in September 2019 with the intention of adding in more context once we got back to Nashville at the end of our tour. Kelby and I were going to be the bartenders closing down the bar while Jaren played in the empty room at the end of the night, but then the holidays happened, we started the Country Fuzz Tour and COVID hit,” explains drummer Neil. “We uncovered what we had recently and really loved how it felt, taking us right back to being on tour, but now, seeming to have foreshadowed all the empty venues around the world currently. Without independent clubs like these, The Cadillac Three wouldn’t exist. If you can, we hope you’ll help us support them too through the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund – Donate Here.”
Having grown up in the midst of Music City’s diverse genres, Jaren, Neil and Kelby Ray (lap steel/bass) spent their formative years playing music together in garages before graduating to sold-out venues in the UK/Europe and being added to major festival lineups. Their varied tastes are reflected as they follow a groove that began on COUNTRY FUZZ and amplified with a heavy dose of Funk swirls, Rock riffs and Country lyrics on TABASCO & SWEET TEA. Boisterous, yet good-natured, TC3’s freewheeling vibe finds fans from all sides of the world relishing in their unpredictable sets. TC3 knows the doors may be closed, but the music must play on.
This week, they are also highlighting EXIT/IN renting their marquee to coincide with the release of “Long After Last Call.” The beloved institution recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, opening in 1971 and becoming an integral part of independent venues around Music City. As the pandemic and impending building sale have the doors closed, owner Chris Cobb and his wife Telisha hope of opening once again. Read more about the iconic club here.
With a tighter bond than ever, TC3 earned an ACM Awards nomination for Group of the Year. “Neil, Kelby and I couldn’t be more thankful and excited! What an amazing thing to happen for three long-haired hippie boys from Nashville, TN on our 10-year anniversary as The Cadillac Three,” shares Jaren. The 56th ACM Awards® will broadcast live from Nashville on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ upcoming global streaming service.