The Rock-Heavy Nashville Trio Takes Time to Get It Right on THE YEARS GO FAST, Out Now on All Platforms
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NASHVILLE, TN (October 27, 2023) — Rock-heavy Nashville trio The Cadillac Three takes time to get it right on their sixth studio album, The Years Go Fast. Out today on all platforms via Big Machine Records, the introspective new project sees the band at their best, whetting their distinctive “Country Fuzz” sound into expert musicianship that’s bleeding with a grit made even better through experience.
“It’s been exciting to release these songs from The Years Go Fast and play them on the road,” frontman Jaren Johnston admits. “The reaction from the crowds has been awesome. So much changed in our lives since the last album, between losing loved ones and having babies. It feels good to get the music from that time in our lives out into the world.”
Sometimes change is so gradual that it barely registers, and sometimes it’s like slamming into a brick wall. Just ask TC3: in 2020 the Nashville trio of Johnston, Neil Mason, and Kelby Ray released a pair of albums in Country Fuzz and Tabasco & Sweet Tea, then entered a season of dramatic upheaval that left them reeling.
“We put out 31 songs in one year. It was like, let’s give people a breather. Let’s give us a breather,” Johnston says. “We were coming off COVID and then my dad passed away. It’s a whole different life now. Talk about having some shit to write about.”
The ACM-nominated group’s sixth studio album, The Years Go Fast, is the product of coming through those trials and emerging on the other side — battle-scarred, a little older, a little wiser, and more willing to be vulnerable. It’s expansive in sound, reflective of the way The Cadillac Three continue to tinker with their swaggering brand of country-rock, but it still sounds like only the three of them can.
“This record does have a lot of growth, a lot of hurt and heartbreak,” says Mason, the group’s drummer. “We are a little more grown up now, but we’re still doing the same thing we were doing in the beginning.”
The Years Go Fast is a statement about big change, but it’s also about the ways friendship, love, and family are anchors when everything starts to fall apart.
While the changes that shaped The Years Go Fast were often sudden and shocking, the group’s sound has shifted in a slightly more subtle fashion. There are still thunderously heavy half-time breakdowns that nod to their roots, but each album offers a new glimpse into what sounds have captured the group’s attention, whether it’s the organic funk of Tabasco & Sweet Tea or the pronounced metal influences on The Years Go Fast. The fans tend to eat it up, but it’s never done in the name of fan service.
Johnston and Mason frequently write songs for other artists, and Johnson has notched 10 country Number Ones outside the band. He notes that it never works for the band to think about what might work on radio. “Anytime we’ve tried to chase anything, we have ultimately failed,” he says. “It’s the times when we step out and put our hearts on the road so people can drive over them, that’s where we win.”
And that’s what The Years Go Fast ultimately does. Hearts are on the line, bleeding from loss and beating for connection. It’s a blood-and-guts study of love, friendship, and resilience, but one that didn’t come easy.
The Years Go Fast is available now on all platforms. Catch TC3 on the road this fall as the trio continue their The Years Go Fast Tour. For tickets and more information, visit thecadillacthree.com.
ABOUT THE CADILLAC THREE: With more than a decade of making records and touring to their credit, The Cadillac Three continue to push boundaries with their self-branded “Country Fuzz” sound, a singular mixture of country music storytelling and rock ‘n’ roll musicianship. Composed of three Nashville natives who became friends in high school, the group features singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason, and steel player Kelby Ray, who does double duty on bass. Over the course of their six albums, they’ve dropped southern-fried party anthems that don’t skimp on guitar crunch, nostalgic ballads about growing up, and greasy funk jams that rival the best of them, garnering ACM and CMA International Achievement nominations. Outside of the group, Johnston is an accomplished songwriter and producer, with numerous country radio hits on his résumé (including the Grammy-nominated Tim McGraw cut “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”) and production work including Kip Moore, the Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett, and Steven Tyler. On their new, forthcoming album, The Years Go Fast (10/27), the trio explores love and loss in equal fashion, never letting off the gas pedal. Catch them live this fall, bringing their high-energy headlining shows stateside on their The Years Go Fast Tour. For dates and more information, visit thecadillacthree.com.
The Years Go Fast Tour Dates
10/27 — Grizzly Rose — Denver, CO
11/2 — Bogarts — Cincinnati, OH
11/3 — Mercury Ballroom — Louisville, KY
11/4 — The Signal — Chattanooga, TN
11/8 — Bowery Ballroom — New York, NY
11/9 — Paradise Rock Club — Boston, MA
11/10 — Mohegan Sun Arena — Uncasville, CT
11/11 — Jefferson Theater — Charlottesville, VA
11/16 — The Hall — Little Rock, AR
11/17 — Gruene Hall — New Braunfels, TX
11/18 — The Heights Theater — Houston, TX
11/30 — The Bluestone — Columbus, OH
12/1 — Saint Andrew’s Hall — Detroit, MI
12/2 — Mr. Smalls Theatre — Pittsburgh, PA
12/7 — The Opera House — Toronto, ON
12/8 — Dusty Armadillo — Rootstown, OH
12/9 — Dusty Armadillo — Rootstown, OH
12/15 — Silverton Casino — Las Vegas, NV
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