"Cashin' In" Steve Waddington's Tribute to Johnny Cash
"You're the best we've ever seen! In fact, you sound more like Johnny Cash than even J.R. did at times!"---Johnny Cash's California family at a Simi Valley Show
"You sound SO much like Cash, it's scary?"---Kris Kristofferson
Steve Waddington's tribute to Johnny Cash is a "must-see" show!
At 6'5" tall and slender, dressed in all black, with that long black coat, dark hair piled high and an acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder, Steve Waddington is the definitive image of Johnny Cash in his prime! And when he steps up to the mic to sing, that big, rich, baritone voice leaves no doubt...this is as close as it's ever going to get to the real thing.
Steve not only sounds like Johnny Cash when he sings, he plays guitar just like Johnny did, and he understands the reasons WHY Johnny played that way...capo on the first fret, strumming the strings at the sound hole and then way up the finger board, holding the guitar up to ear level..all the classic Cash moves!
And he delivers the songs with such passion, intensity and feel...because Steve is, first and foremost, a Johnny Cash FAN! Yet, just like Johnny, he doesn't take himself too seriously. He infuses every performance with humor and a sense of fun! Because it IS fun! And it all comes together to make this the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute yet!
A recent career highlight came when Steve and his band were selected to be the musical entertainment for an awards show, and Kris Kristofferson joined the band onstage to perform a number of his hits. Everyone...Kris, the band, the audience, and especially Steve...had a great time! After the show, in the dressing room, Kris signed one of Steve's guitars! Steve still performs with it on occasion!
"You don't even have to LIKE country music to LOVE Johnny Cash".
The band excels at re-creating the "elegant simplicity" of the Sun studio recordings at it's core, and adds elements of the bigger sound from the Johnny Cash TV shows and specials. And when joined by Susan Ritter singing "June", especially on their duets of "Jackson" and "Big Mouth Woman", the fun really kicks into high gear!
All-in-all, it's an exciting, authentic and heart-felt tribute to the legendary "Man in Black".