Stage lights dim as the lead guitarist pounds out a familiar melody and Tommy Cash sings the opening notes to his brother’s famous song, “Big River.”
The audience is captivated as Tommy sings a tribute to his brother, the legendary Johnny Cash.
Local country music lovers can travel down memory lane with Tommy during the Anoka Lions’ 26th-annual Country Music Show, taking the stage at Anoka High School 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 22.
The show opens with the sounds of Sherwin and Pam Linton and the Cotton Kings. Linton and his musical crew will also provide instrumentals for Tommy Cash’s performance.
With each show he plays, Tommy Cash performs many hit songs and medleys, taking the audience on a nostalgic trip back to the early Sun Records years, on through the chart topping hit records of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s – and all the way to Johnny Cash’s last hit, “Hurt.”
The family-oriented concert planned for the Anoka Lions Country Music Show promises to take audience members on a walk through Tommy and Johnny’s extraordinary music careers and make them feel like they were along for the journey.
Tommy, who has toured the world performing his music and has performed on all major television networks, has had 19 hits in the Top 20 charts.
His hit singles include “Listen,” “Six White Horses,” “Rise & Shine,” and “Honky Tonk Tonight.”
In his tribute concert, Tommy performs such Johnny Cash hits as “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” and “Ring of Fire.”
“I’m proud to do a special tribute to my brother, the legendary Johnny Cash, in every show I perform,” Tommy said.
Sherwin Linton is billed as a “country music legend, a true gentleman, a raconteur and storyteller and a man with a thousand friends.”
Linton recently re-released “Hello, I’m Not Johnny Cash,” the original and only Johnny Cash tribute personally endorsed by Johnny Cash himself.
After its first release in 1974, Johnny Cash wrote a personal note to Sherwin Linton, telling him “… for you to do a whole album dedicated to me is the greatest honor that another artist has ever paid me.”
For tickets to the March 22 Anoka Lions Country Music Show (reserved seating, $20; general admission, $18) call Bill (763-757-4143) or mail payment to Anoka Lions, 12967 Crooked Lake Lane, Coon Rapids, MN 55448. (Be sure to specify 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. show, reserved or general admission tickets, and number of tickets.)
Anoka High School is located at 3939 Seventh Ave., Anoka.
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