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The Cadillac Three: beer drinkers and hellraisers

The shit-kicking southern rockers celebrate their recent Classic Rock Awards victory by drinking the magazine under the table. Cheers!

If you cut The Cadillac Three, they’d bleed alcohol. The Nashville trio have carved out a whiskey-soaked niche for themselves as purveyors of countrified rock’n’roll with a metallic bite that sits halfway between Merle Haggard and Metallica – the perfect soundtrack, in fact, for a great night on the Jack Daniel’s.

Handily, the three of them – singer/guitarist Jaren Johnston, lap-steel player Kelby Ray and drummer Neil Mason – are confirmed boozers. Which explains why we’re sitting in neon-drenched North London bar Slim Jim’s, about to get stuck into some hopefully edifying beverages and flowing conversation.

They’re hardly newcomers. Before The Cadillac Three, the trio were members of alternative southern rockers American Bang, who put out a record on Warners before disbanding. Since putting together their current incarnation a couple of years ago they’ve released a shit-kicking debut album, 2013’s Tennessee Mojo, played high-profile country music event the CMA Music Festival and the altogether louder Sonisphere (the latter on the apparent recommendation of Metallica), and recently picked up a Classic Rock award for Best New Band.

But we’ll get to that shortly. Right now, there’s one burning question: what’s everyone drinking?


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