Centrestage brings hit Johnny Cash tribute back

2019-01-09 06:00
Centrestage musicians (from left) Andrew Warneke, Hugo Kleinhans, Lionel Hunt, Kevin Mattheus and Megan Du Toit who will be performing live at Centrestage.Photo:SUPPLIED

Centrestage musicians (from left) Andrew Warneke, Hugo Kleinhans, Lionel Hunt, Kevin Mattheus and Megan Du Toit who will be performing live at Centrestage.Photo:SUPPLIED

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JOHNNY Cash fans are in for a treat as Centrestage brings its tribute to the popular rockabilly, country, blues, folk and rock ’n roll icon in their show, ‘Walk the Line’, back to Old Grey on January 11 and 12.

The show celebrates the reuniting of Lionel Hunt with Hugo Kleinhans and Megan du Toit, the latter two having returned to the Centrestage fold after being away last year.

Two sides of the enigmatic and rebellious legend are presented by long-time Cash fans, Kleinhans and Hunt.

Both are ideally suited to emulate the deep bass baritone Johnny Cash vocal timbre – and with both being superb acoustic and electric guitarists too.

Vocalist and keyboard player, Du Toit, features as Cash’s second wife, long-time love interest and oft-times singing partner, June Carter.

The double bass also takes Centrestage as Andrew Warneke gets to play the upright fretless instrument, which was so central to the late 1950s ‘Tennessee Three’ rockabilly sound.

The lineup is completed by Kevin Mattheus on drums.

The show takes in some 38 classic Cash songs, including hits played in his famous free prison concerts such as Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Get Rhythm, Boy Named Sue, I Got Stripes, San Quentin and Folsom Prison Blues.

Duets include the likes of the popular Jackson, It Ain’t Me Babe, Long–legged Guitar Pickin’ Man, I Got A Woman andTimes A Wastin’.

Covers done in his own inimitable style include I Won’t Back Down, 16 Tons and Solitary Man, while Cash’s association with other top country names, in their supergroup, The Highwaymen, also spawned new renditions of hits such as Mama Don’t Let Your Little Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, The Gambler, Me and Bobby McGhee, On the Road Again, Help Me Make it Through the Night and Ghost Riders in the Sky.

A ’50s rockabilly salute, depicting the popular sound of the time during Cash’s early tour days is also likely to prove extremely popular.

Lionel Hunt, well known nationally as a top-notch Elvis impersonator, comes in from his home in Port Alfred for the performance.

Walk the Line promises to both replicate and reinterpret the Cash songbook, which is still particularly loved by audiences everywhere.

Cash is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

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

This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honour of being inducted into the country music, rock ’n roll, and gospel music halls of fame.

Tickets cost R160 or R140 for eight or more people and pensioners’ tickets are R140 or R120. Tickets are available through Wendy on 082 661 6921 or through Computicket.

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