The premise of “Soundtrack to a Six Pack” is pretty self-explanatory: Not only is the song the perfect soundtrack for throwing back a few beers (or moonshine), it’s also a sort of playlist within a song, complete with shout-outs to the Charlie Daniels Band, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Bachman Turner Overdrive. Mostly, though, it’s a celebration of all things Southern.
“We say ‘yes, sir,’ ‘no, ma’am,’ love Charlie Daniels Band, whiskey from the bottle, beer from a cold can / I drive a Ford truck, he drives a Chevy / Mine’s Mean Green, his, Black Betty,” TC3 sing. “Yeah, we’re Southern by birth, Southern by choice, one nation under God, Southern by voice.”
Press play below to hear “Soundtrack to a Six Pack.”
According to Rolling Stone, Ben Cashatt — a Nashville musician and tour manager for Bang Bang Bang, an early iteration of the Cadillac Three — accidentally coined the title phrase of “Soundtrack to a Six Pack” after hearing the band play in Nashville in 2012.
“They wanted to know what I thought of their new stuff, and I said, ‘Man, I think it sounds like the soundtrack to a 12 pack,’” Cashatt recalls. “Neil [Mason] and Jaren [Johnston] immediately looked at each other with sparks in their eyes and said, ‘Did you just coin that? That definitely needs to be a song.’”
In the four years since the release of their self-titled major-label debut record, the Cadillac Three have maintained an insanely busy touring schedule, and frontman Johnston has continued his work as a songwriter. Johnston penned “Soundtrack to a Six Pack” with Cashatt and drummer Mason, cutting the booze in the title in half to “make the song more relatable.”
No additional details about the trio’s still-untitled album have been revealed, but the band’s label, Big Machine, says it’s coming by the end of 2016.
Listen to the Cadillac Three, “Soundtrack to a Six Pack”:
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