"The South" is a song by American country music band The Cadillac Three. It is their debut release for Big Machine Records.
History [ edit ]
Jaren Johnston, who wrote the song, told : "I wanted something for our live set that mirrored ' Billboard 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.'" The song features guest vocals from [3 ] 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
reviewed the song favorably, praising Johnston's lead vocals and the Digital Journal Southern rock influences. Billy Dukes of [5 ] 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". 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". [6 ] [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.
References [ edit ]
^ "The South". Allmusic . Retrieved 12 April 2014.
^ "10 Random Questions With Jaren Johnston". Nashville Gab. 20 January 2014 . Retrieved 12 April 2014.
^ Dauphin, Chuck (28 January 2014). "The Cadillac Three Rise With 'The South,' Score Time on 'Nashville. '" Billboard . Retrieved 12 April 2014.
^ Wyland, Sarah (12 February 2014). "The Cadillac Three Brings 'The South' to Country Radio". Great American Country . Retrieved 12 April 2014.
^ Papadatos, Markos (3 January 2014). "Review: The Cadillac Three rocks on new single and video for 'The South. '" Digital Journal . Retrieved 12 April 2014.
^ 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.
^ Bjorke, Matt (20 January 2014). "Single Review: The Cadillac Three - The South". Roughstock . Retrieved 12 April 2014.
^ "CMT : Videos : The Cadillac Three : The South". Country Music Television . Retrieved January 3, 2014.
^ Matt Bjorke (May 8, 2014). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - May 8, 2014: Brantley Gilbert's Guns N Roses Debut". Roughstock.
^ " The Cadillac Three Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for The Cadillac Three.
^ " The Cadillac Three Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Cadillac Three.