THE Johnny Cash Story, featuring Barry 'Dr. Baz' Ferrier and Ilona Harker, with authentic rockabilly backing by the Tennessee Two, offers great entertainment that appeals across the generations and is just plain fun.
The contrasting voices of Dr. Baz and vivacious songstress Ilona Harker combine to present a musical tribute to the legendary country superstar Johnny Cash, his life story and love affair with partner June Carter, threaded through with a tongue in cheek look at Johnny Cash's wild side and their stormy off stage and on stage relationship.
The show captures Johnny looking back on his rise from humble conditions as a child on a poor cotton farm soaking up gospel and country music, to tough times on work gangs, enlistment during the Korean war as a US airman, which got him to the honky tonks of Germany where he began to hone his characteristic style and began writing his unique songs, and on to his rise as a music sensation and a recording artist for the legendary Sun records alongside Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The show strings together all Johnny Cash's great hits and signature tunes as the story unfolds, and woven through this rich musical journey is a fascinating glimpse into the darker side of his life, his outlaw image and the Prison Concerts, and the epic love story with lifetime soul mate June Carter, a child star and golden haired girl of the famous country music icons 'the Carter Family'.
Looking back on his tough origins, his rise to fame, and his drug addiction, they laugh, they joke, they fight and they harmonize, as they bring so many great songs to life, accompanied by the rockabilly rhythm of the Tennessee Two (with lush backing vocals from Slim Pickens on Bass and Neil McCann on twangy Fender guitar).
It's an entertaining upbeat musical.
At the Ballina RSL Bowling Club on Saturday, November 26, show from 7.30pm. $39.
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