Johnny Cash

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Tomorrow night is our third annual Cash Bash, the first to be held in Lafayette, and the night we celebrate the life and music of a country music icon, an entertainer with a courage and a commitment uncommon among today’s performers to speak for those less fortunate, the oppressed, the addicted, the incarcerated and condemned dregs of society. Too many of today’s entertainers are afraid to make themselves ‘look bad’ by inhabiting characters in their songs that are morally ambiguous or just plain rotten. Johnny Cash is a much bigger man than that, a bigger man than we’re likely to see again, and his departure left a mighty big hole in our culture. In a small attempt to fill that hole and to honor his immortal legacy we’re puttin’ on a show at the Lafayette Brewing Company featuring Buzz Deluxe from Toronto, Pearls Mahone and the One-Eyed Jacks from Chicagoland, Small Town Heroes, Snorb!, the Sugar Creek Boys and of course, the Double A Daddies. We’ve worked up special renditions of some songs associated with the Man In Black, to add to the Cash tunes that are a regular part of our set. Grandon will be doing “Boy Named Sue”, I’ll be singing “Wayfaring Stranger” and Cooter’s developed a knockout rendition of “Tennessee Stud”, loosely based on Hank Jr.’s version. Cooter knows which Cash songs the other bands are playing, but refuses to tell us, so there will be surprises for everyone involved, (including a couple I’m keeping under my hat) and we expect it’ll be a very special night. We hope you can join us.

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