THE CADILLAC THREE’S LASTING LEGACY
A band like The Cadillac Three is a rare breed in today’s music.
Front man Jaren Johnston had no clue that when he first connected with instrumentalist Kelby Ray Caldwell and drummer Neil Mason in high school that he was meeting his creative partners for life.
It wasn’t until later in life when Johnston realized that Caldwell and Mason were his Keith Richards to his Mick Jagger, his Paul McCartney to his John Lennon and his Bernard Edwards to his Nile Rodgers.
Johnston, Mason and Caldwell are each prolific songwriters. While building a band, they were writing hits that saw success at country radio. Urban’s “You Gonna Fly,” co-written with Locash’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, was Johnston’s first No. 1 hit as a songwriter. Other hits would follow including Urban’s Grammy-nominated “Raise ‘Em Up” with Eric Church and Tim McGraw’s “Meanwhile Back at Mamas” with Faith Hill. Mason has contributed songs on albums by Frankie Ballard, Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Jon Pardi, A Thousand Horses and many more.