Oct-Dec 2012
The name on his birth certificate was John R. Cash.

Born on February 26 1932, the boy known as J.R. to his family grew from his very humble beginnings in rural Arkansas to become one of the most influential figures in the history of popular music. Internationally respected and universally loved, Johnny Cash was an Icon of the 20th Century.

In this special two-hour concert event, we pay tribute to JOHNNY CASH and his music, bringing you hit after hit spanning his entire career. From his first release on the Sun label, 1955’s “Hey Porter” and his signature “Folsom Prison Blues”, through to his left of field cover of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage” and his breathtaking version of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt”, released shortly before his death in 2003.

Johnny Cash: The Concert’s first set re-creates Cash’s early years - the highlights of Sun and Columbia Records where Cash’s career began under the guidance of legendary producer Sam Philips on his Sun Records label in Memphis, Tennessee in 1955. Cash recorded a string of rockabilly hits on the Sun label, including "I Walk the Line" (1956), "There You Go" (1957), "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" (1958), "Guess Things Happen That Way" (1958) and "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" (1959) – all of which topped the US Billboard charts. By the early 1960s and after a move to the industry giant Columbia Records, the black-clad rebel rocker was a musical superstar with chart topping hits "Ring of Fire" (1963) and "Understand Your Man" (1964).

Although he had several stays in county lock up’s, he never spent more than a night in Jail. Nevertheless Cash’s outlaw image had fans the world over convinced that he had served hard time with many performances at some of Americas most notorious prisons. These performances led to a pair of very successful and now legendary live albums, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968) and Johnny Cash at San Quentin (1969) – the latter of which contained the world wide chart topping hit, “A Boy Named Sue” which cemented Cash as an International Superstar.

Leading the audience in to the show’s second set, we celebrate Cash’s “best of” catalogue performing all the hits, Cash & Carter duets and more. Throughout all of his success of the 60’s, Cash had a well-documented battle with drugs and alcohol and several brushes with the law but his 1967 marriage to then Country music royalty June Carter helped him get back on the straight and narrow. With Carter's steadying influence, Cash amassed a further string of hits and Billboard number ones – Beginning with his Grammy Award winning duet with Carter, “Jackson” (1967). Then "Folsom Prison Blues" (1968), "Daddy Sang Bass" (1969), "Sunday Morning Coming Down" (1970), "Flesh and Blood" (1971), "One Piece at a Time" (1976) and "Highwayman" (1985), with Friday,ends, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

Carter, herself a veteran performer and member of the legendary Carter family, was a stable influence on Cash and their marriage lasted over 35 years until her death in 2003. Johnny died less than 4 months later….

Cash’s music was always straight shooting, often dark but always relatable to the common man. It was never judgemental no matter what the subject matter. It was sometimes delivered with a sense of humour and always delivered in his powerful baritone voice and with the driving rhythm of his backing band, The Tennessee Three….

Cash’s crossover appeal led to him being inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an honour he shares with only 4 other performers. He has also been recognised by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as receiving numerous Grammy’s and other industry awards throughout his stellar career.

This unique man and his music appeals to men and women of all ages from all walks of life. So great is his presence that many of yesterday and today’s music legends count Cash as a major influence; his music heard anywhere from the trendiest inner city venues to the remotest outback pubs. Modern day music superstars to hardened criminals, angst ridden teenagers to world weary old men, housewives, truck drivers, farmers, teachers and street sweepers, as well as some of the most powerful business and political leaders on the planet all count themselves as fans of The Man in Black!

A celebration of his 80th birthday, CASH: The Concert captures the spirit of this Iconic Superstar featuring Daniel Thompson, Star of The Class of 59 Tour who received standing ovations for his stellar performance, and a multi-award winning vocalist and former finalist at Tamworth’s Golden Guitar awards. A nearly 20 year veteran of the music industry, he possesses a rich baritone voice, a deep understanding of the country music genre and an enormous respect for Johnny Cash and his music. Daniel delivers the best of Johnny Cash like no body else can. No one sings Cash like Cash but no one gets closer than Thompson.

The band consists of Stuie French, rated by many people as the best guitarist in Australian Country music. He is an in demand session musician and producer. Pick up any major Country music CD produced in Australia over the last 15 years and chances are you’ll find Stuie’s name on the studio credits. Recently Stuie toured as part of the Classic Albums Live: Brothers in Arms tour, playing the music of Dire Straits to sold-out houses all over the country.

Also featuring International renowned singer/songwriter, Alanna Cherote as June Carter and introducing the Tennessee Studs.