Johnny Cash Roadshow, played to a packed St David’s Hall, over 1200 Johnny Cash fans came to hear a tribute to ‘The Man In Black’ they were not going to miss the only show to be endorsed by the CASH family! Clive John plays the music dresses the part and even has June Carter and her Sisters. Jill Schoonjans interacted well with Clive in their respective roles and added to the atmosphere. As Johnny Cash’s granddaughter Caitlin Crowell say’s “Clive captures Granddad just as he was”.
There is no doubt that Clive and his supporting musicians and singers have hit the nail on the head when re-creating the sound of Johnny Cash, all the hits were in the act with the duet Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man sung really well to a cheering, hat raising audience.
This was a country music loving audience that came to have fun and they certainly did the Cardiff crowd loved getting into role when asked to participate as the prisoners. The music spanned the sounds that filled the air-waves during the mid-twentieth century, Rock and roll, Blues, Folk and Gospel making it easy to understand why Johnny Cash is still an icon as the songs are full of texture and meaning and the reaction to the music is toe tapping delight.
The evening started with an introduction building the anticipation and then on the stage strolled with guitar and dressed in black… Clive John looking the part with a back drop of visuals that rolled throughout the show of the great man himself, Johnny Cash. The opening number Fulsome Prison Blues bought a loud appreciative cheer and the pace was set with Man in Black, Cry Cry Cry and more. Clive and the band left the stage and it was the turn of Jill or June Carter tonight with her sisters to entertain with a trio of songs including Wildwood Flower a delightful folksy country ditty.
The Second set crammed in more favourites with the audience getting more and more excited, we were treated to a Clive John original which was a hit on the country scene The Spirit, and was in the spirit of the man in black but had a distinctive tone that set it apart it was excellent underlining the depths of this talented artist in his own right and as a tribute act.
We heard among others Boy Named Sue, Wreck of the Ole 97 and closing with Next Time I’m in Town; I am positive he will be back to entertain again at St David’s Hall. That wasn’t enough and then the crowds we treated to Ring Of Fire still wanting more but sadly for many the house lights went up and the entertainment was over.