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It was one week away from the opening show of “The Black Roses Tour,” and The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston was psyched. Not only was he feeling rested from an extended holiday break and feeling thrilled about him and his wife’s new baby due April 3, but he also was loving the show he was about to put on alongside his band mates Kelby Ray and Neil Mason.

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“We are taking our show to the next level,” Jaren told Rare Country in an exclusive interview. “We had tour rehearsals today and I just feel like we are turning it up like never before.”

Indeed, these country rockers have always found ways to turn it up a bit, especially when it comes to their live show. “Our highest charting single hit the No.35 spot, but we sell out everywhere we play,” Jaren explained. “That’s legit. That says something.”

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There is no doubt that The Cadillac Three have never been ones to play by the traditional rules of country music – and when it came to finding openers for their new tour, they looked for the same type of artists. “Aubrie Sellers, Brent Cobb, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Quaker City Night Hawks – they are all artists that we not only respect, but artists that have a way of going against the grain,” says Jaren. “They do their own thing and they get people’s attention and they are the kind of people who have the balls that we have.”

Whatever they are doing, it’s working.

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