The childhood friends in Cadillac Three may have an affinity for fast cars and hard partying, but they’re family men too. That softer side is an important thing the Nashville garage rockers showcase in their behind-the-scenes video for “Legacy,” the sentimental title track to their new LP set to be released on August 24th.
Singer Jaren Johnston sets the tone for the “Legacy” video during the opening shot inside a recording studio, where he discusses the jangling noises that his necklace causes while he plays. “Same thing with the wedding ring,” he says. “Can’t take it off because wifey will get mad. And I understand why.” This is a far cry from the hell-raising attitude and sound usually associated with the Cadillac Three, which can be heard on their crunchy hangover ode, “Dang If We Didn’t,” also set to be featured on Legacy.
If “Legacy” is any indication, the new album may well see Johnston and bandmates Kelby Ray and Neil Mason thinking more outside of their individual selves and contemplating the mark they’ll leave on the world. The acoustic ballad is an earnest love song to the band’s wives and rumination on what it means to start a family together. “It won’t be songs that keep me livin’ on,” Johnston sings in the chorus. “It’s a lot of love and a little family tree.” The video traces the roots of that tree even further, mixing pictures of the band members’ weddings with childhood photos and sepia-toned shots of their parents.
Legacy, the 11-song follow-up to the Cadillac Three’s 2016 Big Machine Records debut Bury Me in My Boots, will conclude with the title track, which was written by Johnston, Ben Burgess, and Laura Veltz. They play the Jamboree in the Hills tonight in Morristown, Ohio, and are due to make their first headlining appearance at Music City’s Ryman Auditorium on August 31st, one week after Legacy is released.