Review – Johnny Cash Bash 2010
With all the hubbub last week with new releases and news, I had little time to talk about Big John Cash, who had a birthday, and a posthumous release of American VI: Ain’t No Grave. But when Friday came, I got to leave the laptop behind, and head down to Austin to focus on The Man in Black and the Man in Black only at the 4th running of the Johnny Cash Bash.
You can’t see Johnny Cash anymore, but the Cash Bash is the next best thing. First you have a lineup that includes one of the best Johnny Cash tribute bands, The Band in Black, add Earle Pool Ball, Johnny’s pianist, and W.S. “Fluke” Holland, Johnny’s drummer. Then put them in the last venue that Johnny Cash played before his death (and where I’ll see Hank III in 3 weeks), that being the legendary Emo’s, and if you couldn’t feel the spirit of Johnny Cash in that room, you belonged at the hip dance bar down the way. You know the one I’m talking about, the one that thumps the repetitive bass line as you walk by, and requires a silk shirt and shaved balls to get in.
Emo’s even has the stool Johnny Cash used that night in 1994 hanging from the ceiling. Johnny was there my friends, and so were many other artists and bands worth seeing all on their own, like Roger Wallace, The Skeletons (always love bands with female drummers), The Derailers, and the artist I was most looking forward to seeing, the one and only Lucky Tubb.
That is over five hours of music. At least, I was there for over five hours and got there fashionably late, and left when music was still happening. The crowd was strong, despite temps in the lower 40’s (that’s a hard freeze in Austin) and the venue being open air. The crowd peaked about the time Earle Pool Ball’s band played, who despite being up there in years and a pretty regular on the Austin live show schedule, still felt like the headliner in a strong field.
At a Johnny Cash tribute you’re going to get a good mix of people: country folks, hardcore folks, kids, olds. And they all seemed to appreciate the music, no matter if it was The Skeletons kicking it rockabilly style, or Earle Pool Ball leading the whole crowd in the gospel tune “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?”
There were also auction items available, with all proceeds going to SOS USA, Johnny’s favorite charity.
Over its four year run, the Cash Bash has been gaining a lot of steam, and a lot of national notoriety. They added a Houston and Dallas date this year, and for part of the night I hung out with 6 people who had flown down from Detroit City just to be there. It was a guy’s 50th birthday party, and he couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day than at the Cash Bash, in Austin, at Emo’s, with the stool hanging from the ceiling and the whole bit.
Keep your eyes on this annual event, because my gut tells me it’s only going to grow with each new installment.
To read a review of the Lucky Tubb set, click here.
The Johnny Cash Bash 2010 was sponsored by Martin Guitars, Outlaw Magazine, The Austin Chronicle, and was hosted by Rowdy Tijmes of Rowdy Radio.
Rowdy introducing Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Trubadors:
Mr. Honky Tonk Piano, Earle Pool Ball:
Fluke Holland on Drums:
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March 1, 2010 @ 9:47 am
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March 1, 2010 @ 11:09 am
IT MIGHT HAVE NOT SOUNDED GOOD ON MY PART BUT WISH SOMEONE HAD A VIDEO CAMERA WHEN LUCKY AND ME SAT ON A WALL OUT BACK OF THE VENUE IN CINCY AND SANG WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS TOGETHER..
WE ARE HAVING THE 7TH ANNUAL CASH BASH OVER 2 DAYS WITH 10 BANDS OVER IN APRIL..ITS A GOOD TIME WITH SOME GOOD MUSIC..
March 1, 2010 @ 11:34 am
Yeah, I saw poking around that there are numerous versions of the Cash Bash around the country, some around his birthday, some not. It’d bee cool if it became an annual think to do them all on the same day all around the country. Hell, you could even link them together on the internet.
March 1, 2010 @ 3:19 pm
We have a damn fine Johnny Cash tribute band right here in Montana, the Cold Hard Cash Show. This guy Merle, it’s uncanny how much he sounds like Cash! I got to see those guys on Friday up at the Lumberjack saloon, a log cabin bar out in the middle of the woods near the Idaho border. Pretty damn country.
March 1, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
March 1, 2010 @ 7:59 pm
Emo’s is not the last place that Johnny Cash ever played, that title belongs to the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia. The show took place on July 5th, 2003. You can find the video of the entire performance on YouTube under ‘Johnny Cash Final Performance.’
March 1, 2010 @ 8:31 pm
Emo’s claims otherwise. Maybe they saw the Carter Family Fold performance as a private show. Don’t know.
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March 5, 2010 @ 9:26 am
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March 5, 2010 @ 6:25 pm
What a great review to read. Thanks!
I thought I had to say something about the venue. It was the last venue that JR Cash played in, in Austin. It was in ’94 to some lucky 200 people at a SXSW party.
Thanks to all for attending and glad to hear everyone had a great time! I thought it was a great show and plan to do more around the country. Stay tuned to http://www.johnnycashbash.com for more info.
March 6, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
The best J Cash tribute band outside the USA is Ian Calford and the Railmen from here in the UK.
Dont be surprised. You’ll already know that Johnny Cash was a frequent visitor to these shores. What you may not know is that a BBC poll a few years ago named Johnny as our favourite CM star of all time. His records, especially the American Recording series, continue to sell well here and you can expect to hear covers of Cash songs at shows by UK CM bands.
Ian Cal Ford
March 9, 2011 @ 6:05 am
Thank you for your comment Thorby.
March 10, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Great review. As a critic(and somewhat “authority” on Johnny Cash, because I live and sing Johnny Cash myself, I felt the best act was Earl Poole Ball. Hope my band is on venue soon.