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ConcertsThe Cadillac Three @ 02 Institute, Birmingham, UK 02/04/2016

Posted on Friday, February 05 2016 @ 10:51:05 CST by Dean Pedley
General It has been a triumphant couple of years for The Cadillac Three with the UK audiences really taking the Tennessee trio to its collective heart. And some two years on from a support appearance in the tiny upstairs room (reviewed right here on Sea of Tranquility) the band returned to Birmingham's O2 Institute to pack out the main hall for what singer/guitarist Jaren Johnston proudly announced was their biggest UK headline show to date.

With the motorways of the English Midlands in near gridlock support band Whiskey Myers were sadly unable to appear. TC3 duly take the stage some ten minutes ahead of time and launch into their modern day rebel anthem 'I'm Southern'. Debut album Tennessee Mojo has been around for a while and is ingrained into the audience consciousness as they sing along with every word. But whilst the crowds may be getting bigger the band has lost none of its fun-loving on stage vibe and bar room intimacy, evidenced as Johnston laughs off a blown amp during 'I'm Rockin' and introduces the heartfelt tenderness of 'White Lightning'.

With album number two on the horizon TC3 take the opportunity to showcase some new material. And whereas influences in the past have ranged from Metallica to Hank Williams via Tom Petty there is a definite Springsteen vibe to the laid-back and reflective 'Graffiti'. Drummer Neil Mason briefly leaves the stage allowing Johnston and Kelby Ray to duet on another new tune before it is back to more familiar territory with the groove of 'Get Your Buzz On'. On a bare bones stage with Kelby Ray behind his lap steel and Mason his kit Johnston has to bear the burden of being the only mobile on-stage presence; a role he carries off with ease and nowhere more so than when he lays down the guitar and duets with Mason on 'Days of Gold'. After an hour and forty minutes signature song 'The South' brings the set to a close and the Cadillac Three have yet again conquered Birmingham. This was one hell of a show from a band that truly does justify the hype.

Reviewed by Dean Pedley

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