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Guitarist Brad Schultz Greeted The Crowd With A Fiery Intensity

One sunny afternoon just north of Nashville, TN, the grit of southern rock fell in love with the energy of funk and the very essence of rock n’ roll.  Their love grew and multiplied and a short time later, out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was born Cage The Elephant.

Brothers Matt and Brad Schultz joined up with a high school friend Jared Champion, and family friend Danielle Tichenor.  A few months later Lincoln Parish, an eager young musician, e-mailed the group several times asking to join.  Subsequent jam sessions proved successful and Parish joined the group at the ripe old age of fifteen.  Cage The Elephant began to conquer the local tour circuit, and after word spread of their high-energy, high-chaos live shows, they signed with Relentless Records.  Since then, they’ve been working hard to release their debut album “Cage The Elephant” which dropped in the US June 23, 2008

Since 2007 Cage The Elephant has been touring and living in the UK where their first single, “In One Ear” debuted at number 26 on the Top 40 charts, and their intense live shows have earned them opening spots on tour with Kings of Leon and Queens of The Stone Age.  Cage’s organic melodies channel the likes of The Chili Peppers and their outspoken lyrics mock their critics with a raw poignancy reminiscent of Dylan himself.  On the opening track of their record the band claims, “They say that we ain’t got the style/we ain’t got the class/we ain’t got the tunes that’s gonna’ put us on the map” but subsequent tracks like “Back Stabbin’ Betty” and their second single “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” speak volumes to the band’s talent and creativity which few artists today possess.

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Matt Schultz Gets Down And Dirty At RedGorilla

Having lived in Nashville for four years, I’ve heard a great deal about this little band from Bowling Green.  However, I have yet to have the pleasure of experiencing a live Cage The Elephant show, so this week’s performance at RedGorilla seemed like the perfect opportunity to get my feet wet.
I got to The Thirsty Nickel about twenty minutes before their set, and the venue was already packed.  There were people pouring out the doors, up the stairs and around the bar waiting for Cage to take the stage.  Once everything was set, Cage turned up the energy with their opener, “Lotus” and then proceeded to blow everyone’s mind with their unique sound and intense energy.

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Matt Schultz Jumps From Balcony At Thirsty Nickel

Front man, Matt Schultz is an amazing performer.  At one point he even jumped down off the stage, rolled around on the ground, and then ran up the stairs and catapulted off the balcony back into the crowd.  It was quite a sight to see, and the fact that their music is amazing didn’t hurt the performance one bit.

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Cage The Elephant Showed The Crowd What It Means To Rock

The set list was packed with new tunes, and a few from their UK release like the hit single, “In One Ear.”  This was probably one of my favorite performances of the entire festival!  It was high-energy, great music, at a great venue…what more could you ask for?!

Special thanks to Cage The Elephant for heading down to Austin for RedGorilla.  You guys rock!

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