Johnny Cash once said, “You know, performance is communicating. You’ve got to communicate. You’ve got a song you’re singing from your gut; you want that audience to feel it in their gut.”
Fans of the Man in Black will get that old feeling back when David James, along with his band Big River, and Sara-Jeanne Hosie pay ode to country legends Cash and Patsy Cline in a Vegas-like tribute show coming to Vernon in 2012.
James is one of North America’s favourite Cash tribute acts performing all of the Man in Black’s hits spanning five decades.
James is said to nail Cash’s mannerisms and voice, singing all of the great songs such as I Walk The Line, Solitary Man, Get Rhythm, Folsom Prison, Ring of Fire and newer songs like Hurt and Rusty Cage.
One of the world’s leading, most convincing tribute artists in the music business, James doesn’t try to consciously look, act and sound like his idol, he just does.
In his act, Almost… Cash, he and the band are doggedly dedicated to replicating the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute the world has ever seen.
“We want our audiences to have the thrill of an authentic Man in Black show. Not just the words and music, but the full experience,” said James.
“It’s not only about the voice. It’s about living and breathing the man –– his posture, his mannerisms, his moves, and his quirks. I want our audiences to go home feeling like they just observed the man himself.”
Joining James is back-up band Big River, who performed for sold-out crowds during their recent tour.
Consisting of four musicians from the West Coast, the band is said to present the recordings of Cash in the style and with the sound of Cash himself.
Hosie is also said to have the unique gift of persuading audiences they are seeing and hearing Patsy Cline re-born in the flesh.
She sings from her heart and her soul, paying tribute to Cline’s classics, from the beautiful Faded Love, the tragic I Fall To Pieces, the iconic Sweet Dreams, and of course Cline’s biggest hit, Crazy.
The star of the play A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, which played to sold-out performances all over B.C., including Vernon, Hosie’s genuine stage presence and stunning vocal range has had audiences and media across Canada begging for more.
The Country Legends tribute takes the stage at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre March 16.
Tickets are $35.50, available at the Ticket Seller box office. Call 549-7469, or order at www.ticketseller.ca.