How high's the audience mama...?
Johnny Cash Tribute II @ The Troubadour, October 8, 2005 :
The second annual tribute night to Johnny Cash turned into a heel kicking
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.