Respected singer/songwriter Clive John has no regrets about sacrificing his own solo career to pay homage to one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Johnny Cash.
Clive front’s the UK’s number one tribute to the American music legend - the Johnny Cash Roadshow - which returns to Buxton Opera House on Friday January 24, at 7.30pm.
Capturing the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show, The Johnny Cash Roadshow covers all aspects of the musician’s life, from the 1950s right up to 2002, and includes his greatest hits such as Ring of Fire, Walk the Line and the ‘Johnny and June’ duets Jackson and Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man, with Jill Schoonjans as June Carter.
All this is accompanied by an amazing video backdrop displaying evocative images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.
Clive explained: “The songs, attitude and style are completely right for me. Many musicians think Johnny’s music is very basic but opinions change when they try to play it well - they discover it’s not just ‘boom chicka boom!’
“At first friends and family couldn’t understand what I was doing and said I was foolish sacrificing my own ‘Clive John’ career pretending to be Johnny Cash. It’s taken a long time and many hurdles have been crossed but I’m very proud to call this show my own.”
Despite his dedication, and endorsement by the Cash family, Clive hasn’t completely lost track of his own songwriting career, and insists on keeping at least one of his own songs in the show.
“However,” he added, “I have put ‘Clive John’ as a singer/songwriter in a box for now while I focus on getting the Johnny Cash Roadshow as good as it can be.”
Tickets, priced £16 and £18, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.