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DON’T leave town on Novem­ber 2-3 as Johnny Cash fever takes hold of the re­gion for an­other year.

With the first in­car­na­tion done and out the way, such was the suc­cess, or­gan­is­ers were never in two minds about pulling it to­gether for an­other week­end of con­certs, fun and fri­vol­ity, all in the name of the Man in Black.

Last year the event had the bless­ings and well wishes of Johnny’s sib­lings, Joanne and Tommy. This year John Carter Cash, son to the late mu­sic leg­end, has extended his.

“He was pleased with the fact it’s be­ing done and car­ry­ing on the tra­di­tion of his dad,” event or­gan­iser Brian Wil­mott said.

Brian met John at a con­cert in the By­ron area ear­lier this year and dis­cussed the prob­a­bil­ity of him one day tak­ing part.

“Both he and his man­ager said they’d en­ter­tain the idea, that’s fact,” Mr Wil­mott said.

While Johnny’s son mightn’t grace this year’s bill, Brian and son Andy are ex­cited by what they will be of­fer­ing.

Such was his pop­u­lar­ity last year, Australia’s pre­miere Cash per­former, Dale Hooper, will re­turn with a new band and setlist to wow au­di­ences.

“Dale will have a dif­fer­ent back­ing band and lo­cal girl Elle Rudd singing with him so we’ve mixed it up a bit to keep things chang­ing.

“The mu­sic line-up is at least as strong – it was re­ceived well last year – but it’s even bet­ter this year.

Along­side Hooper will be Leg­ends of the Opry – an ode to some of coun­try mu­sics finest names in Wil­lie Nel­son, Merle Hag­gard and Carl Perkins.

“Bruce McCum­stie, who does Wil­lie, sounds more like Wil­lie than Wil­lie does. “These guys are a to­tally sea­soned bunch of play­ers who live and breathe coun­try rock mu­sic,” Andy Wil­mott said.

They’ll be backed by the Ten­nessee Drifters Show Band and join Ella Fon­taine and the Su­gar Shak­ers and Heart­worn High­way on the main event sched­ule.

The per­for­mance in the main street pi­azza on Novem­ber 3 will be much big­ger, with band the Blue Vi­o­lets as well as a list of singers per­form­ing Cash clas­sics. To keep up­dated visit www.john­ny­cash

coun­try.com.au

2018 is go­ing to be even big­ger and bet­ter.

— Brian Wil­mott

PHOTO: FILE

BACK IN BLACK: The man him­self wowed on­look­ers and signed au­to­graphs when he walked the line of Mary­land St on one visit. A fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to the mu­sic leg­end will re­turn for a sec­ond out­ing later this year.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

SEC­OND TAKE: Australia's pre­miere Johnny Cash per­former, Dale Hooper, will be back in town with his band this year for round two of the Johnny Cash Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Novem­ber.

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