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Country - Released January 10, 2020 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released August 5, 2016 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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It took the Cadillac Three some time to finish their second album, Bury Me in My Boots. Its first single, "The South" -- a bro-country singalong celebration featuring Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley -- came out in 2013, a full three years before Bury Me in My Boots finally hit the stores, and each of those subsequent years saw a new single: "Party Like You," another bro-country stomper, in 2014, followed by "White Lightning" in the new year, a ballad that has nothing to do with George Jones' classic of the same name. Such activities suggest the Cadillac Three had some difficulty finding either their voice or their audience, and Bury Me in My Boots doesn't do much to dissuade that notion. Alternating between bro country that's just past its sell-by date, summertime party tunes so breezy they get silly, and a heavy dose of southern rock, the Cadillac Three demonstrate versatility but they also seem scattered, as if they're scrambling for an audience. They fare worse on the lightest moments: the wannabe beach anthem "Ship Faced" has an offhand reference to listening to "Bimmy Juffett," they sound cutesy singing about "a little sip sip sippy" from a bottle on "Peace Love & Dixie," and "Hot Damn" is a parade of cringe. Excise these from the record -- the contrived levity tends to infect the songs and surround them -- and Bury Me in My Boots gets better. Perhaps the bro country sounds like a throwback but it's executed well, and the Cadillac Three especially excel when they dig into hard, churning southern rock spiked with a hint of U2. These moments comprise nearly half the album -- the slow sludge of the title track, the churning "Drink Like You," the bittersweet "Runnin' Red Lights" -- and they not only indicate the Cadillac Three may be better on-stage than on record, they point the direction the trio should pursue next time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released August 25, 2017 | Big Machine Records, LLC

Cadillac Three begins Legacy -- a somewhat high falutin' title for a third album -- with "Cadillacin'," a fuzzy blues that doubles as a statement of purpose. Within its lyrics, the trio tip their hats to ZZ Top's "Cheap Sunglasses" and the Lil' Ol' Band from Texas is never that far from the thoughts of this gang from Nashville. The Cadillac Three have been kicking around the Music City for a while, releasing their first record on Big Machine back in 2013, and they've kept at it while vocalist/guitarist Jaren Johnston built up a rep as a songwriter, but Legacy feels like the album where they hit their stride, in part because they do adhere to the greasy Southern boogie ZZ Top pioneered. They've stripped away any of the lingering cutesiness from Bury Me in My Boots -- a record where hard drinking was reduced to a "little sip sip sippy" -- and the leanness suits them, not just on the hard rockers but on singalongs designed for arenas ("American Slang") and sweet ballads. Sometimes, the Cadillac Three let it slip that they're aware of the burgeoning soul styles in modern country, but since they've decided to keep the production comparatively spare, "Take Me to the Bottom" doesn't sound like Sam Hunt, it evokes memories of old Southern R&B-rock bands. The Cadillac Three do spend a fair amount of time celebrating good old country music on Legacy -- they pledge allegiance to "Hank & Jesus" and declare "Ain't That Country" -- but the reason the record works is because they attack all this material from the stance of a working band, turning this into a tight and tough album that wears its swagger with a smile. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released January 1, 2012 | Big Machine Records, LLC

Country - Released August 24, 2017 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released April 12, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released August 23, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released October 25, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC

Country - Released August 4, 2016 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released October 25, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released January 24, 2020 | Big Machine Records, LLC

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Country - Released November 22, 2019 | Big Machine Records, LLC