Wednesday night saw The State Theatre in Sydney filled with fans of the legendary Man In Black, Johnny Cash, with fresh anticipation to experience his catalogue of hits performed by our own legend in black, Tex Perkins.
The production, featuring The Tennessee Four as backing band and Rachel Tidd as June Carter, debuted 10 years ago and now a fresh production is hitting stages across the country. Tex is clearly a long time fan of Johnny Cash and it is said his affinity with the man in black started way back with his first band. The reverence and enthusiasm in his performance of each and every song, coupled with the way he regales the story of Cash’s life and times on the road, is proof of the Australian singer’s respect for the man and his body of work.
There aren’t many performers that could perform this body of work and do it enough justice, but Tex and the rest of the cast do it with ease. No mimicry or cheesy impersonations here – just incredible songs interpreted skillfully and delivered to enthusiastic audiences. The backdrop of the regal State Theatre was the perfect place to bring Johnny Cash back to life – from his early hits such as Folsom Prison Blues, Walk The Line and Jackson, right through to his final recordings with Rick Rueben including the cover of Nine Inch Nails track Hurt, all formed part of the 2 hour show.
The tour continues tonight and right through until the end of November.
Sat 23 Sep – Wollongong Town Hall
Sun 24 Sep – Canberra Theatre Centre
Thu 5 Oct – Palais Theatre (Melbourne)
Sat 7 Oct – Ballarat Civic Hall
Sun 8 Oct – Ulumbarra Theatre (Bendigo)
Fri 3 Nov – Her Majesty’s Theatre (Adelaide)
Sat 4 Nov – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Sun 5 Nov – Regal Theatre (Perth)
Thu 23 Nov – Twin Towns Services Club (Gold Coast)
Fri 24 Nov – QPAC (Brisbane)
Tickets available at https://texperkins.com/tour/upcoming-shows/