Rosetown residents will be able to take in the musical styling of Johnny Cash tribute band, David James and Big River, next week. The band is often described as one of the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute shows that is touring.
James said the show will feature music and stories through Johnny Cash's entire career, "We're going to start in 1955, and go through all the years of Johnny's music in no particular order. We'll do all the big hits. A lot of good stories between the stories about how the song came to be or what Johnny was going through his life at that time."
The band will be playing most, if not all, of Johnny Cash's big hits.
"My favorite song is probably Orange Blossom Special," James said the song is usually a crowd favorite as well, "Even though Johnny didn't write it, he did a version and there's a lot of harmonicas going on there. Johnny wasn't too bad of a harmonica player and I've grown into a pretty good player myself. It's a real barn burner, bring down the house kind of song."
Being a tribute band is a really unique career to have. James said the opportunity to recreate Johnny Cash's music came to him years ago.
"I was blessed with a voice that can easily be brought down to Arkansas and just sound like the man," James said he was already a musician playing in tribute bands when the opportunity presented itself, "Once I saw Walk the Line, I was singing along and my girlfriend stopped the movie and said 'oh my goodness, do that again'."
This won't be the first time the Big River will tour Saskatchewan. James sound the band has done the province a number of times and they are always happy to come back. "We love Saskatchewan and all the great crowds there... Everyone really supports us in those small towns."
David James and Big River will be in Rosetown at the Civic Centre on November 14th. "Come say 'hi', I'll be the guy dressed in black."