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Johnny Cash Tribute II @ The Troubadour, October 8, 2005 :

The second annual tribute night to Johnny Cash turned into a heel kicking hoedown, with a full house of rock'n'roll fans dancing all night to the tunes of the Man in Black. There was a very strong turnout of rockers who queued early to secure a spot in the intimate sized venue, which had to place the 'sold out' sign up after only one hour of opening!  The lounge style atmosphere of The Troubadour was a comfortable setting for the evening, which became more like a party than a gig. 

The live entertainment started early when The Ten Fours kicked off with a great version of Folsom Prison Blues, before launching into a fast paced set of rockabilly.  The popular Brisbane four piece paid their respects to the big man with tunes such as Wide Open Road, Home of The Blues (great!!) and Get Off The Junk.  Up next was footage of a Johnny Cash concert from 1958 which was projected up onto the stage, making the presence of the country legend very real indeed.  Following was the Rumble Kings who stomped on the accelerator pedal for a solid set of rockabilly plus JC tunes such as Ring of Fire and Orange Blossom Special.  The double barrel blast coming from Rupert and Andy's Gretsch guitars made for a wild set of rock'n'roll, driving the audience into a dancing frenzy. 

No time was wasted in getting The Lone Star Valley Boys up to the stage to keep the party on full tilt. The energy level in the room was high and the Boys soaked up every ounce of it for a very powerful set of country and honky-tonk, highlighted by a guest appearance from Miss Teresa, who had the entire room singing along to 'Jackson'.  Extra special guest of the night was Mark C. Halstead, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Mr Cash and sounded even more like him when he opened up his baritone pipes for a deadly version of Long Black Veil and another huge singalong with Folsom Prison Blues.  This was the best show I have ever witnessed from The Lone Star Valley Boys, and their special guests made their show even more memorable.

All the bands and musicians at the tribute put in fantastic performances and the audience let them know by dancing and whooping and hollering all night.  What a great way to remember everybody's favourite country singer.  See y'all next year, ya hear.

Mark C. Halstead with The Lone Star Valley Boys:


The Lone Star Valley Boys:


The Rumble Kings:


The Ten Fours:

The audience:

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