The Kentucky rock band had an unlikely first step towards fame.
Cage The Elephant, originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky achieved Top of the Chart success in England. Formed by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Lincoln Parish, and Daniel Tichenor, the group earned a contract with the label Relentless Records and released the single “Free Love” in 2007.
With the release of this single, it earned them slots at major music festivals like SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. After signing the deal with Relentless Records and moving to London, they started working on their debut album. They received major feedback from music critics and the single, “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” peaked at No. 32 on U.K. Singles charts.
The band name Cage The Elephant came from a weird encounter in Knoxville, Tennessee. A guy with clear mental issues started approaching the band, and while everyone else jumped into the car, Matt was stuck outside. Thinking he was about to be stabbed or robbed, the man gave Schultz a hug and repeated the words “You have to cage the elephant.” Obviously, this story stuck with the band and lead to the now well-noted name.
For Cage The Elephant, the aim is to always improve and evolve. Each tour and album is a step forward to something greater. When they released the album MELOPHOBIA, the band stated that it was not about a fear of music. It was about a fear of not pushing music to its potential. In 2015, the band released their fourth album, Tell Me I’m Pretty. This album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
This year has already been huge for the Kentucky rockers. Cage the Elephant won the Best Rock Album award at the 59th annual Grammys. The full ballot featured Weezer’s Weezer (White Album), Gojira’s Magma, Panic! at the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor, and Blink-182’s California.
On March 3rd of this year, Cage the Elephant announced its first acoustic tour, Live & Unpeeled, which will run from April 10th to the 30th in major cities including Sacramento and Nashville.
Learn more about Cage the Elephant’s music – https://www.cagetheelephant.com