Any how……….. my veteran buddy told me about this guy who was playing at their place (Blues Backyard BBQ) that if you closed your eyes, you would swear Johnny Cash was on stage singing…. yea, yea, Jim – sure…….we had a couple more drinks, paid our tab and headed back for the apartment /condo — made a drink when we got there and was relaxin’ from poopin’ on a stick. I could not get out of my head what Jim had said about this guy sounding like Johnny Cash. Me and Jim are cut from the same bolt of cloth so I figured he knew ‘good’ music…… so I finally told my Queen – ” I want to go check this guy out”. We finished our drinks and headed back out to the bus and again for Blues. Got there and got saddled up to the bar while ‘the guy’ started setting up on the backyard stage….. I got me another Turkey sammich….. did I tell you about my new favorite sammich ??? Smoked turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and drizzled with ranch dressing…. OMG…… tie me to an ant hill and smother my ears in jelly~!! My goodness that is some kind of good sammich right there………!!! MMmmMMMmm…. Anyhow…. I finished my sammich and was smokin’ a cigarette, listening to ‘the dude’ now playing music. Just one guy and an amplified box guitar. Good tone and all – nice selection of music… I was enjoying it. Standing in the shadows, away from the bar (us nasty smokers get banished away from the crowds even at fun spots like Blues) enjoying the last of my smoke – and became aware there was a slight pause in the music when I suddenly heard the undeniable beginnings of Folsom Prison Blues. I enjoyed the young man’s effort that he put in for the guitar intro into the song and waited anxiously for the words to begin………………..
That young man finally started singing, and if I’m lying, I’m dying — I almost came out of my flip flops spinning around to make sure that Johnny Cash had not re-incarnated and walked out onstage. I literally got goose bumps listening to him sing. – wow – I always used to think I did a fairly good rendition of Mr. Cash — hush my mouth…… I couldn’t touch this guy with a flame thrower….. Pretty sure my cigarette dropped out of my mouth as I stood and listened to this ‘kid’ belt out an absolutely perfect version of Johnny Cash………….. at the end of the song, the crowd there at Blues erupted in a very appreciative applause…… The singer (I hate myself that I have already forgot his name) launched right into another song [different artist] and kept right on singing.
For the rest of the evening, I listen carefully for each Johnny Cash song, that he remarkably knocked out of the park each time. During his break, I walked up, tipped him generously for a job very well done and asked him if he knew Ghost Riders in the Sky ? He said he knew the song, but not the words…… because I understand what it takes to put on a show [with “help”] – and the fact I was about half hammered at that point – I resisted the urge to offer to sing it for him if he played the music…….. maybe the next time 😉 I will find out this young man’s name and if any of you are visiting on his next tour through Blues, we’ll make sure you get to hear this kid…… I’m tellin’ ya – it’s freaky….. he goes from sounding kinda like John Denver – flipping a switch – to Johnny Cash and then back…… if you like Johnny Cash….. you’ll definitely want to listen to this guy~!! (Plus the bar is just plain ole fun~!!!)
No pictures tonight because: 1) I didn’t take any new ones and 2) internet is running at Glacier speed and I don’t want to sit up til midnight (my time or yours) loading it…….
Thankx for stopping in……….. Good night ya’ll~!!