“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”
The legendary baritone began every performance with that simple self-introduction and somehow it reveals something far deeper than four words should. Johnny Cash was, and is, a legendary figure in music for many reasons. His music speaks of sorrow, morality and redemption; yet somehow it has given joy and hope to several generations of music lovers.
Despite his uncommon humility and that calm, baritone voice; Cash’s life was marked by almost melodramatic highs and lows. His discovery by Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in Memphis, his brush with fame as country’s anti-Elvis, fighting chemical dependency and his onstage proposal to the love of his life, June Carter, are all larger than life moments as legendary as his music.
We Walk The Line: A Tribute to Johnny Cash is as true a Johnny Cash experience as is possible since his passing. It celebrates the music and lives of ‘The Man In Black’ and his fun loving wife, June Carter. The concert performance features Ward Cornforth as a 1960’s era Johnny Cash and includes duets performed with Johnny’s life-long partner June Carter.
We Walk The Line has become known as one of the best Johnny Cash tribute shows in the country. From theatres and festivals to showrooms and remote First Nation communities, audiences have revelled in the boom-chicka-boom sound recreated from Cash’s classic Tennessee Three lineup.
While Cornforth is not a Johnny Cash impersonator, he is a big Johnny Cash fan and his band proudly presents the Man in Black’s music as fans, for fans. Throughout the show, Cornforth gives background, context and even shares anecdotes to further illuminate Cash’s legend.
The show itself features music from the entire Cash catalog. From the 1950s at Sun Records to 2003 with the American Recordings label, nothing is left out. Johnny’s biggest hits Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue, I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Hurt and the famous duet with June Carter, Jackson, are all included among many others.
We Walk The Line: A Tribute to Johnny Cash is at Five Points Theatre on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/y9g72v9l or by calling 705-739-4228.