The South (song)

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"The South"
Single by The Cadillac Three with Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, and Mike Eli
Released December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)[1]
Format Music download
Genre Country, Southern rock
Length 4:36
Label Big Machine
Writer(s) Jaren Johnston
The Cadillac Three chronology
"The South"
"Party Like You"

"The South" is a song by American country music band The Cadillac Three. It is their debut release for Big Machine Records.


Lead singer Jaren Johnston, who wrote the song, told Billboard: "I wanted something for our live set that mirrored 'Kashmir' by Led Zeppelin – maybe a southern version of that. I got into writing it, and started with the lyrics, I remembered the first time I heard 'Sweet Home Alabama,' and I was just mesmerized with it. I thought 'We need something like that.'"[3] The song features guest vocals from Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, and Eli Young Band lead singer Mike Eli.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received positive critical reception. Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal reviewed the song favorably, praising Johnston's lead vocals and the Southern rock influences.[5] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country also described the song's Southern rock sound favorably. He also said that the song "has depth" and that "Johnston's voice is suited for grungy honky-tonks".[6] Giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars, Matt Bjorke of Roughstock wrote that " there’s some nice lyrical choices…and an overall understanding of what can make an artist unique".[7]

Music video[edit]

Shane Drake directed the song's music video.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

The song has sold 165,000 copies in the U.S. as of May 2014.[9]

Chart (2013-2014) Peak
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 33
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 32


  1. ^ "The South". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "10 Random Questions With Jaren Johnston". Nashville Gab. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (28 January 2014). "The Cadillac Three Rise With 'The South,' Score Time on 'Nashville'". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Wyland, Sarah (12 February 2014). "The Cadillac Three Brings 'The South' to Country Radio". Great American Country. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Papadatos, Markos (3 January 2014). "Review: The Cadillac Three rocks on new single and video for 'The South'". Digital Journal. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Dukes, Billy (13 November 2013). "The Cadillac Three (Feat. Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli), ‘The South’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt (20 January 2014). "Single Review: The Cadillac Three - The South". Roughstock. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : The Cadillac Three : The South". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 8, 2014). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - May 8, 2014: Brantley Gilbert's Guns N Roses Debut". Roughstock. 
  10. ^ "The Cadillac Three Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for The Cadillac Three.
  11. ^ "The Cadillac Three Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Cadillac Three.