The Cadillac Three have announced the imminent, surprise release of their fifth studio album, Tabasco & Sweet Tea, this Friday (October 23) on Big Machine Records. It’s the band’s second of the year, following February’s acclaimed Country Fuzz, which became their second Top 30 album in a row in the UK.
The new release will expand on some of the grooves featured in Country Fuzz. Explains drummer Neil Mason: “As we finished the last record, we knew we were only tapping the surface with songs like ‘The Jam’ for where we could go next musically and found ourselves inspired to dive into these sounds that we had never explored before as a band.
“We’ve always had a lot of influences, but ultimately found ourselves thinking about what we were listening to in high school – the Meters, Stevie Wonder, Medeski Martin & Wood and John Scofield.” The album stretches from the opening, boisterous title track to the typically stirring closer “Sabbath On Cornbread.”
“This album is a science project”
Lead singer and guitarist Jaren Johnston picks up the story: “This album is a science project…constantly moving in different directions but keeping one cohesive feel throughout. We kind of have this innate thing going after all these years so it was cool to kind of stretch into some new musical spaces with elements of a DJ set that flows from track to track, but mixed with 80s funk vibes and jam-band flow over hardcore country lyrics.”
As a special gesture to their loyal and ever-growing fan base, Cadillac Three will offer Tabasco & Sweet Tea at a reduced price for the first week of release. It’s intended to make the album as accessible as possible at a time when many are not able to spend as much on music, but need it more than they ever have.
“We wouldn’t be where we are without our fans,” says bassist Kelby Ray. “We lost the ability to tour and know many of our fans have also lost their ability to work consistently this year so we wanted to find a way to provide this album as cost effectively as we could. Our hope is that everyone who wants Tabasco & Sweet Tea can get it without breaking the bank.”
Keeping connected in different ways
Despite the enforced absence of shows by their favorites this year, fans have shown their support in many ways, for example purchasing exclusive “crew” merchandise to help the band’s road family over the loss of concerts. They’ve also donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee as a part of their 100,000 Meals in 100 Days initiative. Meanwhile the trio have been highlighting local venues and other artists with their Country Fuzz Presents livestream residence at Nashville’s The Basement and Exit/In.
On October 27, the band will debut songs from Tabasco & Sweet Tea with a livestream for audiences in North America at 7:00pm CT and in the UK and Europe at 8pm CET.
Tabasco & Sweet Tea is released on October 23. Pre-order it here.