The bulk of TV talk-show country performances are antiseptic affairs, with the artist dutifully sticking to a faithful recreation of their current single. Not so for the Cadillac Three, who made their late-night debut Tuesday evening on Late Night With Seth Meyers and performed the raucous live favorite “The South.”
“It’s about to get real Southern up in here!” ad-libbed singer Jaren Johnston, sporting a Turnpike Troubadours hat, before launching into the song’s chorus. The centerpiece of the trio’s concerts, “The South” is a rallying cry for the band’s fans, who often join Johnston in the “This is where I was born / and this is where I’ll die” chorus. On Seth Meyers, however, the Cadillac Three handled the heavy lifting, with slide player Kelby Ray, in a Guns N’ Roses T-shirt, and drummer Neil Mason adding extra fuzz and bombast to the performance.
“The South” appears on the Cadillac Three’s new album Bury Me in My Boots, a record that marries the Nashville band’s country influence with a clear hard-rock and Southern-rock mentality. The group is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line and will return to the U.K., where they boast a passionate fan base, for a string of shows in November.