The Cadillac Three performing their Hillbilly Hypnotized Tour with special guest Lindsay Ell at Rock City Nottingham on Monday 5th September 2022

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

American southern rock group, The Cadillac Three brought their own kind of downright dirty rock, a little country and a smattering of Southern rock to Rock City on Monday night, and it was a packed crowd who were there to welcome them.

But getting the night started was Canadian country singer, Lindsay Ell who went down a storm with her amazing guitar skills and raw vocals, as she showcased her latest album, Heart Theory. Drawing the capacity crowd in from the first note on opener Wild Fire, she made the most intricate and difficult riffs look so easy.

New songs Want Me Back, Hits Me, and Get Over You were all there as was the lovely ballad I Don’t Love You with its fabulous mix of blues and country. Her mash up of No Doubt’s Just A Girl and Queens Bohemian Rhapsody was very impressive before she closed an incredible set with Criminal.

TC3 have become one of the most popular country rock acts in the UK over recent years and it was obvious why as they launched into their set list with opener Peace Love & Dixie. But to see them live is to appreciate just what outstanding musicians they are. Lead vocalist Jaren Johnston is all about the guitar, Neil Mason takes charge of the drums and Kelby Ray pulls it all together on his lap steel guitar.

There were many sing along moments such as Bury Me In My Boots, the fast paced Slide and Tennessee Mojo with its rock and roll groove. Johnston hit some impressive high notes, showing off the power and control in his voice on the smooth, sultry Take Me To The Bottom and on the superb Tennessee Mojo.

There was an exceptional segment of the show when they were joined on stage by Ell for a couple of songs from their latest album which went down a storm, and with the start of the iconic vocal introduction to the slowed down White Lightning, the crowd went wild. Finishing with I’m Southern they showed why they are one of the best live acts around the country scene.