David James and Big River bringing Johnny Cash tribute show to The Vat

The thrill of an authentic “man in black” show is promised by the Johnny Cash tribute band David James and Big River.

The thrill of an authentic “man in black” show is promised by the Johnny Cash tribute band David James and Big River.

The B.C. musicians will perform on Thursday, March 27, at The Vat in Red Deer. James and the band are “doggedly dedicated to replicating the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute show the world has ever seen.”

It’s not just about the words and music, but also about the voice. And James believes his natural voice sounds very much like Cash’s, which is why he embarked on this tribute project four years ago.

The singer, who also emulates Cash’s posture, mannerisms and moves, recently provided the voice tracks for the documentary film My Father and the Man in Black.

The band’s billing asks audience members to “close your eyes and dare to compare. … When you hear that familiar mighty voice, those legendary deep, dark tones,” they will feel they have observed the man himself.

Tickets are $15 in advance from The Vat, 53rd Street Music or Gord’s Smoke Shop, or $20 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is at 9.

For more information, call 403-346-5636.

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