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CMA New Artist Spotlight: Cadillac Sky

PHOTO BY ERICK ANDERSON

Skaggs Family recording artist Cadillac Sky.

By Kristen Sherer
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service

When asked about their musical roots, the members of Cadillac Sky answer as a group - "Grandpa's record collection." On their self-produced debut album on Skaggs Family Records, Blind Man Walking, released in January, the bluegrass-inspired quintet - lead vocalist/mandolinist Bryan Simpson, banjo player Matt Menefee, guitarist Mike Jump, fiddler Ross Holmes and bassist Andy Moritz - does show off the kind of instrumentation and respect for tradition that would make their elders proud.

But there's something else going on here. While there's plenty of slick mandolin licks from lead songwriter Simpson and some downright pyrotechnic banjo picking from Menefee, for Cadillac Sky it's delightfully obvious that the song is king. That's where their other big influence - The Beatles - comes through loud and clear.

From the album's leadoff track and debut single, "Born Lonesome" (co-written by Simpson and Bob Regan), to the album's mournful title track, Blind Man Walking serves as a stunning showcase for Simpson's songwriting. He's already listed as writer on songs for top Country artists including, Martina McBride, George Strait and Gretchen Wilson, and he served as co-writer on 12 of the album's 13 tracks.

Guitarist Jump picked up the remaining songwriting credit, contributing the backwoods biographical "Mountain Man." Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, the members of Cadillac Sky now call Nashville home, and from the innovative and refreshing sound of their debut, this band is definitely going places.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
(All responses from Bryan Simpson, Cadillac Sky lead vocalist and mandolinist)

Which song would you secretly like to cover?
"Gnarls Barkley's 'Gone Daddy Gone.'"

What CD is on your stereo?
"The great Buddy Miller's latest record, Universal United House of Prayer."

What book is on your nightstand?
"The One Year Bible."

What is your pet peeve?
"Apathetic soundmen."

What song do you wish you had written?
"'It is Well with My Soul.'"

When they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you?
"They went down swinging."

On the Web: www.cadillacsky.net

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