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Walk the line with top Johnny Cash tribute

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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COUNTRY music fans are in for a treat with a live concert being held at a Derby pub.

Keep It Cash are a Johnny Cash tribute band who have performed at top theatres in the UK and across Europe. They've also worked for 20th Century Fox, the National Trust and the BBC.

This weekend, they will be bringing their country sound to The Flowerpot, in King Street.

They will be playing music from Cash's gospel beginnings, to the full band sound and finally into the critically-acclaimed and ground breaking American recordings.

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The group was booked by HMV to perform at its stores in London and Dublin for the launch of the biopic film Walk The Line.

They also wrote and recorded a theme song for the national chain of Boyes stores, which ran on television and radio for more than a year.

A spokesman from the gig organisers said: "The band's success is down to the strong vocal likeness of the lead singer, which is very difficult to emulate.

"The founding members of Keep It Cash have been close friends for many years and lifelong fans of the music and songs of the legendary Johnny Cash.

"Dave actually met the great man himself in 1991 backstage when he performed to a capacity crowd at Wembley Arena.

"The show is a real musical experience with the musicians playing acoustic guitar, lap steel, electric guitar, double bass, drum kit, mandolin and electric bass with harmony vocals."

Johnny Cash, who died in 2003, was a singer-songwriter, actor and author and widely considered as one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century.

Although primarily remembered as a country icon, his genre-spanning sound embraced rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel.

This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honour of multiple induction in the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Cash was known for his deep bass-baritone voice, the distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, a rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly sombre and humble demeanour, free prison concerts, and trademark look which earned him the nickname The Man in Black.

The gig will be held at The Flowerpot, in King Street, Derby, on Saturday, April 19. Doors open at 8pm.

Tickets cost £10 from www.rawpromo.co.uk or by calling 01332 834438.

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