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London Y’alling: Inside Cadillac Three’s Rowdy U.K. Tour

“They are so enamored with the idea of three long-haired guys who walk and talk and act like brothers,” says TC3’s Jaren Johnston of the overseas crowds

The Cadillac Three

The Cadillac Three recently completed a sold-out tour of the U.K., including stops in London and Glasgow, Scotland.

Justin Nolan Key

Something peculiar happens every time the members of the Cadillac Three — singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, lap-steel player Kelby Ray and drummer Neil Mason — walk onstage in Europe: The audience stands motionless, eyes wide and mouths agape.

"It's bizarre. They are so enamored with the idea of three long-haired guys who walk and talk and act like brothers, and with the idea that we're so far away from home," says Johnston. "The first two or three songs, they're just staring at you. Like, 'Wow, this is actually happening.' They don't ever hear people talk like us. It's like going to the circus for them."

But Johnston says the audience members know all of the redneck rockers' songs, from upcoming new single "White Lightning," off their forthcoming album, to the ACM Award-nominated "The South," with its "This is where I was born and this is where I'll die" war cry. "They love that because that's like their Braveheart moment; that's their William Wallace," says Johnston, who nonetheless admits it's surreal to hear a club full of English or Scottish accents sing the chorus to "The South." "'Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi…' they have no idea what they're singing about, but they love it. It's super cool."

The band shared exclusive photos, taken by Justin Nolan Key, from their March tour of England, Scotland and points in between with Rolling Stone Country, with Johnston offering his signature candid commentary.

The Cadillac Three

Anarchy in the U.K.

"There hasn't been a headlining show that we've played in the U.K. that hasn't sold out. We've been over there five times in the last 13 months," says Johnston, who admits the overseas fans view them more as a rock band. "There's no country market or country radio really. It's Americana or rock or pop. 'Party Like You,' our most down-the-middle country song, is the Number One most-played song on [U.K. radio station] Planet Rock, because they don't have any of that."