“I Hear That Train a-Comin’ : the Johnny Cash Story”
Country music superstar Johnny Cash was a music industry legend for over half a century, with an instantly recognisable rich, deep voice and a barebones musical style. The hit movie “I Walk the Line” introduced his dramatic life story and his unmistakable, tough music to a younger generation of music lovers.
Johnny Cash fans now cover three generations. Even people who might secretly confess to hating Country Music are nevertheless enthusiastic about his legendary up-tempo hits such as Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, Get Rhythm, I Walk the Line - there are just so many great and unique songs in the Johnny Cash repertoire.
The enduring love story between Johnny Cash and June Carter. A member of the iconic country music group The Carter Family, June grew up in showbiz and became an accomplished comedienne, singer, and song writer - a true music professional.
Together they were a towering force in American Music. Vocalist and writer Barry Ferrier has brought together a team of talented performers to create an immersive music theatre show based on the Cash Story and the interaction between these two gifted and unique music artists, told in the first person, with insights into what it was really like, as Johnny and June, and the Tennessee Two, Marshall and Luther, experienced the wild ride from poverty to stardom.
Writer and lead talent Barry Ferrier, has the vocal depth to emulate the unique Johnny Cash sound, and the vivacious and versatile actress Ilona Harker plays the three strong women in Johnny’s life with sparkle and humour, as she ‘hoots and hollers’ her way through this toe tapping, side slapping mix of great songs and fascinating stories. All the greatest Johnny Cash hit songs are brought to stage with outstanding vocals and the stripped-down, bare-bones Johnny Cash rhythm.
The production captures Johnny looking back on his rise from humble beginnings on a dirt poor cotton farm... soaking up gospel and country music, the floods, hard work and a harsh, unloving father... to tough times on the Pontiac production line in Detroit, enlistment during the Korean war as a US airman, which took him to the honky tonk bars of Germany, where he began to hone his characteristic style and began writing his unique songs.. and on to his first marriage and rise as a music sensation and recording artist for the legendary Sun Records, alongside Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The show strings together all Cash’s greatest hits and signature tunes, as his fascinating, larger-than-life story unfolds, and woven through this rich musical journey is a fascinating glimpse into the darker side of his life, his drug taking, outlaw image and the Prison Concerts, and his epic, redeeming love story with lifetime soul mate June Carter, in her own right a child star of the famous country music icons ‘the Carter Family’..
Written by Barry Ferrier