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"Hot Damn," it's Paul Cauthen

Friday, April 12, 2024 – Paul Cauthen unveiled a new song, "Hot Damn," plus a video today.

The track is his first release with new label partner Anemoia Records/Atlantic Records.

"It was an exciting ride making this song and it means so much to me," said Cauthen. "I've been a soldier for the song for a long time. 'Hot Damn' is the first off this record that I feel is everything I love in music. You will get a little piece of all my records on this one."

Cauthen first gained attention with roots duo Sons of Fathers before embarking on a solo career with his debut album, "My Gospel." He released two more albums — "Room 41" and 2022's "Country Coming Down."

Produced and written with longtime collaborator Jason Burt (John Mayer, Leon Bridges), the track was recorded in Cauthen's hometown of Tyler, Texas The video, shot on location at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, features Cauthen strutting through a super-stylized and psychedelic studio in a massive, vintage fur coat. Jacob Butler produced the video.

"I feel like we always end up landing somewhere between Elvis Presley and Biggie Smalls," said Cauthen's wife and stylist Elizabeth Cauthen. "We draw inspiration from glitzy stage wear and traditional western wear while giving it a twist of hip-hop influence and a dose of modern luxury. We'd seen this vintage 1920's Brooks Brothers coat in the window of a local menswear shop for years. The moment he tried that jacket on, we knew it had been in that case waiting for him. With the custom look I designed and created and a pair of crocodile Gucci loafers, everything was meant to be over the top and larger than life."

Cauthen is currently touring North America, set to play Stagecoach later this month (including an appearance at Guy Fieri's Smokehouse with Jelly Roll Friday evening) before a run of headline shows across the South in May and festival dates this summer.

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