The Cadillac Three launch scuzzy new single Hard Out Here For A Country Boy

The Cadillac Three
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The Cadillac Three have launched new single Hard Out Here For A Country Boy, a greasy chunk of country funk that celebrates a litany of glorious redneck cliches: cold beer, hot girls and more.  

Hard Out Here For A Country Boy also features country music stars Chris Janson and Travis Tritt, and comes from the band's upcoming fourth album Country Fuzz, due to be released on February 7 on Big Machine Records. 

"We were playing some tour dates with ‪Travis Tritt and The ‪Charlie Daniels Band when Hard Out Here For A Country Boy was written," says frontman Jaren Johnston. "He was on the bus when we were playing through some songs and with his big signature twang belted out the line. I grew up listening to Travis, and he’s a big reason I sing the way I do – that gritty twang thing. We knew he had to be on the song."

“This song was kind of a jumping off point for the record and one of the first we cut," adds drummer Neil Mason. "We’ve all been buddies for years and Chris heard the song playing in the background during a call with Jaren. It was cool that he quickly wanted to be a part of it and cut the vocal the next day."

The album also features the singles All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night, Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys and Slow Rollin'.

"We've been Country Fuzz forever," says Jaren. "When I think of Southern rock, I think of Lynyrd Skynyrd. When I think of country, I think Garth Brooks. 

"This record and this band are all of that. But it's also ZZ Top and Jerry Reed. It's Medeski Martin & Wood and Prince. There's no better way to describe who we are than Country Fuzz."

The Cadillac Three are part of the Country 2 Country UK and European tour alongside Luke Combs, Darius Rucker and Eric Church. It’ll stop off in Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Glasgow and Dublin in March next year.

Tickets are on sale now. Find further details below.

The Cadillac Three: Country Fuzz

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The Cadillac Three will release their new studio album Country Fuzz in early February. The record features the lead singles All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night and Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys.

The Cadillac Three: Country Fuzz
1. Bar Round Here
2. The Jam
3. Hard Out Here For A Country Boy (featuring Chris Jason and Travis Tritt)
4. Slow Rollin’
5. All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night
6. Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys
7. Labels
8. Raise Hell
9. Back Home
10. Dirt Road Nights
11. Blue El Camino
12. Jack Daniels’ Heart
13. Why Ya Gotta Go Out Like That
14. Heat
15. Whiskey And Smoke
16. Long After Last Call

The 2020 Country 2 Country UK and European tour
Mar 06: Berlin Verti Music Hall, Germany
Mar 08: Amsterdam AFAS Live, Netherlands
Mar 13: London O2 Arena, UK
Mar 14: Glasgow SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Mar 15: Dublin 3 Arena, Ireland

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.