The Cadillac Three, originally known as Cadillac Black, is an American country music group consisting of Jaren Johnston (lead vocals, guitar), Kelby Ray (bass guitar, Dobro, acoustic guitar, vocals), and Neil Mason (drums, vocals).
Before its foundation, all three members were in the group American Bang, which also featured Ben Brown as a fourth member; Mason and Brown had been in the band Llama before that. Between 2011 and 2013, Johnston co-wrote "You Gonna Fly" for Keith Urban, "Southern Girl" for Tim McGraw, and "Days of Gold" for Jake Owen (with Neil Mason).
The group signed to Big Machine Records in February 2013. In late 2013, the trio released its debut single, "The South." It features guest vocals from Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country praised the song for its Southern rock influences.
The song debuted at number 58 on the Country Airplay charts dated for the week ending December 21, 2013. On January 15, 2014, the group played their song on an episode of Nashville.