The Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots (Big Machine)

Genre: Southern Rock

Alongside fellow gunslingers Whisky Myers, low down and dirty Nashville trio The Cadillac Three are leading the charge where country-flavoured Southern Rock is concerned.

Both bands breezed through Ramblin’ Man Fair last month on a wave of understated cool and it’s little surprise UK audiences are starting to fall for their addictive blend of Skynyrd meets Kings Of Leon.

At their heaviest TC3 are meatier than most. Slide is spectacularly immersive and just a little unexpected. But Jaren Johnston’s lazy Southern drawl still sounds best against a stripped down arrangement and Buzzin’ is the charismatic frontman at his endearing best.

The gospel-tinged Graffiti benefits from the kind of production the band’s self-titled debut sorely lacked and Party Like You is pure escapism – remember when Kid Rock was this good?

But it’s impossible to beat The South: a boisterous anthem for anyone and everyone who’s ever been smitten by music soaked in Bourbon and smothered in hot sauce. Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli, its inclusion adds weight to the sense that this is a seriously impressive piece of work.

RUSHONROCK RATED: 10/10 Three Cheers