As The Cadillac Three—Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray Caldwell—gear up for the release of their sophomore album, Bury Me in My Boots, on Aug. 5, they are staying busy on the road with Florida Georgia Line on their Dig Your Roots Tour. The trio will remain on the tour until the end of October, before heading across the pond for shows in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Netherlands and Spain in November.
As part of the Dig Your Roots Tour—along with Kane Brown and Cole Swindell—Jaren, Neil and Kelby Ray are playing in front of huge crowds night after night, something that supporting acts don’t always get to enjoy. With the new album dropping soon, the added exposure has been invaluable.
“The tour has been good, man,” says Neil. “We did one of our first runs when we started this band with FGL—after we made our first record [in 2012], we went around the southeast with FGL.”
“We were both in vans,” says Jaren. “Tyler [Hubbard of FGL], his cell phone number was on the side of the trailer—a car detail company.”
“It’s been cool to catch up with those guys,” says Neil. “They’ve always been really good to us.”
“And to see how big they are now,” says Jaren.
“We’re happy for them,” says Neil. “Their trajectory was sort of like [moves his arm straight up] and ours is sort of [arm slowly going up]. But it’s good to be out there with them.”
“It’s pretty cool to be—we’re second on that lineup—a lot of the tours you play on, you play early and the people are still filtering in,” says Jaren. “This tour, there’s at least 10,000 people in there every night when we go on, or right around there, so [the exposure] is pretty incredible.”
Bury Me in My Boots is available for pre-order now, including special autograph packages.
photo by Jessica Valiyi