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April 12, 2021

A tribute to Johnny and June

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Diehard Johnny Cash fans claim that the Johnny Cash June Carter Tribute Show presented by Cashville is the best show of its kind and they say they’ve seen them all. Bearing a striking resemblance to the legendary Man in Black himself, Cashville’s frontman Paul Rye (aka Tex) not only plays rhythm guitar with the same forceful passion as Johnny Cash, but his rich, deep, powerful voice is virtually indistinguishable from the distinctive and commanding, deep bass-baritone voice Cash was renowned for.

Covering the lengthy musical career of Johnny Cash, including his many duets with the love of his life June Carter-Cash, Cashville serves up convincing renditions of their combined greatest hits and album track favourites to deliver an authentic tribute show.

The formation of Cashville can largely be attributed to Paul’s teenage son, who saw the Johnny Cash movie Walk The Line by chance when he tagged along to the cinema with friends some time around 2006. Later he said, ‘You sound just like that guy when you sing, Dad,’ and asked Paul to learn and play Folsom Prison for him.

Familiar with the music of Johnny Cash and always up for a challenge, Paul was intrigued by his son’s remarks and enthusiasm so he headed off to see the movie for himself. Inspired by the movie and the challenge laid down by his son, Paul learnt Folsom Prison but found he couldn’t stop – he was hooked. He started searching through Johnny Cash records looking for more great songs and discovered they were all great so he learnt a few, then a few more, and before he knew it he was being drawn further and further into the world of the Man in Black.

He soon found himself playing Johnny Cash songs at parties, barbecues, the local pub, anywhere and any chance he got to belt out a classic Johnny Cash tune or two. He loved it – he was hooked and so were his appreciative audiences. His likeness to the Man in Black is nothing short of remarkable and his deep Johnny Cash-like voice just floods from him with effortless, natural ease.

Cashville emerged in 2008 when Paul had mastered a string of Johnny Cash songs and invited a few of his friends to come and rehearse a few songs with him. They were genuinely stunned to find they agreed that it sounded great from the outset. Within three months they’d recruited their June Carter and found themselves doing their first gig – the headline act for a Woodstock Festival replica and the crowd loved it!

When Cashville spontaneously burst into song at the bass player’s wedding in 2011, local songstress Eunice Rose graciously accepted calls from the gathering to fill in for June Carter and by popular demand was soon asked to join the band. Through her portrayal of June Carter, Eunice delivers the gamut of facets this matriarch of country music was renowned for. A sincere and spiritual wholesomeness, sweet yet gutsy, lively vocals, sharp wit and sassy attitude with a dash of well-timed drama combine to present an authentic experience.

This convincing, formidable duo will have you believing you’ve gone back in time to a gig with Johnny Cash and June Carter.

The dynamic, powerhouse of sound Cashville is renowned for is expertly supplied by Dan Berry on lead guitar, Simon de Avalon on bass and Tony Bell on drums. The energy and driving rhythm this trio brings to the show is palpable.

Since their inception in 2008, Cashville’s Johnny Cash and June Carter Tribute Show has regularly performed at a variety of clubs, pubs, corporate functions and festivals in Queensland and New South Wales to appreciative audiences. They have been selected to perform as the opening act for the Cooly Rocks On Festival for the past two years and are on an upward trajectory in the tribute show arena.

If you love the Man in Black and have always wished you’d made it to a Johnny Cash concert, then get along to see Cashville and experience what is truly the closest thing to Johnny Cash and June Carter you will ever encounter.

For further details or enquiries, contact Kim on 0437 443 092 or email [email protected]

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