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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
2018 is going to be even bigger and better.
— Brian Wilmott
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.
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.