The Cadillac Three, ‘Party Like You’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]
On ‘Party Like You,’ the Cadillac Three front with heavy guitars and a thundering herd of percussion, but the trio’s song is surprisingly poetic — in a rock n’ roll kinda way.
Jaren Johnston and company prove they're more than hairy balls of energy on this song. One doesn’t need to pay close attention to the machine gun chorus to appreciate their bluesy stomp, but it does make the song a bit more satisfying.
“You got me rockin', rollin', like New Orleans / Cutoff blues, like damn, you know it / Little bit of drink, little wink wink / Tell me what you think / I've been lookin' for a party like you,” Johnston sings on this follow-up to ‘The South.’
Rhyming “rockin’ rollin’” with "New Orleans" is pretty clever. But in the first verse country’s favorite rock band does their best work in a few tightly-wound comparisons that speak right to the heart of a country boy.
“You got me buzzin' like a Miller Lite sign / No last call in sight, hell it's gonna be a wild ride / And you, know what you doin' when you do / That lipstick dance on a cigarette and the moves like moonshine / Hell, I just wanna cross the line with you, that's right.”
Too often a country group will sacrifice lyrical effort for sheer balls-to-the-wall power when penning a country rocker as red hot as ‘Party Like You.’ A songwriter as talented as Johnston knows better, and proves it on this smash.
Key Lyrics: "Little bit of drink, little wink wink / Tell me what you think / I've been lookin' for a party like you"
Did You Know?: Johnston says 'Party Like You' was inspired by the song 'Ram Jam' by rockers Black Betty.
Listen to the Cadillac Three, ‘Party Like You’
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