Dual guitarists drive The Golden Cadillacs to Crystal Bay

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The Golden Cadillacs Jeremy Plog bites into some notes during last summer’s show on the beach at Lake Tahoe.
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The Golden Cadillacs’ wheels keep spinning to Lake Tahoe.

The Roseville-based country rock band returns to the Crystal Bay Casino on Sunday for a performance inside the Red Room. The show revs up at 10 p.m.

Country rock means different things to different listeners. Jeremy Plog, one of the two Golden Cadillacs guitarists, explained his band’s sound.

“We all grew up with Merle Haggard and graduated, for me, to Tom Petty and the Allman Brothers,” he said. “People think of country rock as like the Eagles. But we’re a little more toward Petty Southern rock with country rock influences.”

The Golden Cadillacs coalesced in 2007 as a trio. Today’s lineup includes Plog, guitarist Nick Swimley, bassist-singer Adam Wade, singer Jillian Secor and drummer Robby Dean. Aaron Shively sometimes appears on pedal steel.

Swimley and Plog were longtime members of the Jackie Greene Band. They left the band in 2015. Swimley also plays for the Dead Winter Carpenters.

“(Nick) comes from a more Telecaster-based kind of country twang sound, and I come from a bluesy Southern rock thing,” Plog said. “That’s how we dictate who takes what solo. Most songs have a lot of interplay between the two guitars. I think it’s a cool approach rather than have one instrument as the lead voice. This breaks it up and it could be a little more surprising.”

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Zack Bowden drums for the Golden Cadillacs.

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Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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