Nashville natives THE CADILLAC THREE rallied Saturday night at The Cannery Ballroom for an epic hometown show, which sold out in less than one week. During the raging headline concert, AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler joined the trio on stage for “Sweet Emotion”. The iconic songwriter and prolific singer, who was introduced as the reason THE CADILLAC THREE wanted to be musicians, proved the admiration was mutual when he revealed a shirt announcing he was the newest member of “THE CADILLAC 4.”
Music City-born and bred Jaren Johnston (guitar and lead vocals), Neil Mason (drums, percussion and vocals) and Kelby Ray (bass steel guitar, dobro, acoustic and vocals) performed with a rare combination that is intuitive, authentic and organic. Their explosive live show highlights just how far these high school friends have come.
“Having our fans and the place we grew up party, dance and get loud, man, was everything to us,” said Jaren. “And, seriously, to have one of our biggest idols, and now friend, sing with us, we definitely couldn’t dreamed this up when we started this crazy journey.”
Fans from far and wide flocked to the venue, singing every word and raising a glass to the unabashed trio.
Named the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards “Best New Band” and playing to capacity crowds in the U.K. over the last several months, THE CADILLAC THREE even saw a few of their familiar faces make the trek. For one-night-only access, Big Machine’s iHeart Radio channel also live-streamed the entire show so fans everywhere could join the uninhibited musical party.
Tyler recently told ABC News Radio that his much-anticipated country-influenced solo album won’t be released until next “February or so.” He explained: “I don’t even know who I’m producing it with. It’s gonna be what it is. There’s a couple of songs I’ve written and they’re like rock, and I said, ‘Oh, geez.’ And I’m not gonna put a banjo on it just to make it country… I don’t know what it’s gonna be, but my heart leans [toward] the country feeling and the vibe.”
Steven released his debut country single, “Love Is Your Name”, in May.
The accompanying music video was filmed just outside Nashville and was previewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” before it went live online. The track was written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay.
Tyler recently signed to Dot Records underneath the Big Machine Label Group umbrella (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw).
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