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Updated 26th August 2014
JOHNNY CASH REVISITED: SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014
JOHNNY CASH REVISITED: CHRISTMAS SPECIALS 2014
JCR GOES TO NATIONWIDE TELEVISION
Friday 22nd August saw Rick, Jodie and Starkville City heading down to the south coast and The Smith & Rogers Summer Time Ball. Henry Smith and Glenn Rogers have been adding to their already high profiles recently by launching their own TV show on Sky TV. Their audiences are ever growing and taking country music in the UK to it's widest audience since CMT (Country Music Television) in the 1990s. The TV shows are usually filmed at Pentney Bowls Club in Norfolk, but Henry and Glen invited JCR to perform at their latest festival event at South Downs Holiday Village in Bracklesham Bay. The whole weekend event was also filmed for inclusion in their main TV show at a later date. The Smith & Rogers Country Show can be seen Thursday Evenings on Sky 192, Freesat 402 and Sky+1 293. Set your Skybox to record the series so you don't miss JCR's television debut. The show's website is http://www.smithandrogers.tv/
A SUMMER OF FESTIVALS
During the Summer Johnny Cash Revisited played at a number of great festival events. The show had to be adapted from it's 2 hour theatre format to fit a 1 hour festival set. This was done by studying the Man in Black himself at his performances in Montreaux and at Glastonbury. The first concert style show Rick McKay and Starkville played was at The Marvellous Festival in Reading on 19th July. It was an eye-operner all around. Starkville followed Rod Stewart on stage and were followed by Bryan Adams, Maroon 4, Michael Jackson, T-Rex and the Eagles!! It was a similar story on 15th August at Tribfest in East Yorkshire, which is the largest event of it's kind in the world. Starkville followed their new friends of The Bryan Adams Experience and were followed by AC-DC!! It was amazing to all that, despite the wide diversity of the audiences at both events, Johnny Cash's music had the crowds hanging over the barriers in front of the stage and people of all ages singing along to his songs both old and new.
From Tribfest Starkville drove directly to Malvern Gloucestershire to play The Western Motorhome Show. Rick McKay had received a phone call just a few days before this event from headline act and Irish country music legend, Eamon McCann. Unfortunatley, it had become impossible for Eamon to bring his own band over from the Emerald isle, and so he asked if Starkville would be willing to back him. Of course the band agreed and got to work learning Eamon's set. It turned out to be a lot of fun for all concerned, although we're sure Eamon McCann must've been worried about playing a show with a totally new band. You'd never have been able to tell from his performance though. Opening the show that night was Peter White, paying tribute to the legendary Kenny Rogers. Not only did he look the part, but vocally was all but indistinguisable from the real Mr Rogers!
Starkville took to the stage and were welcomed with a great response from the audience which continued throughout their show, which at this event was sadly only 45 minutes long. Immediately on finishing, Rick met with a few fans and then rushed off to change into the uniform of Eamon McCann's band. Rick had been elected to play bass for Eamon as, like Mark Jacobs and Tony Ariss he was already familiar with much of his material and it would've been much more work for John Standen to learn from scratch in just a few days. John instead got an easy night and sat back to watch the show. Dom Goundar, our drummer for the weekend, shouldered the brunt of the work as he was not only unfamiliar with Eamon's music, but with country music in general. He worked hard in the days prior to the show to score his drum parts, for which we are all very grateful.
WELCOME TO STARKVILLE, GARY MEARS AND MATT JACOBS.
Over the course of this summer we have added two new members to Starkville. Our recent show at Marvellous 2014 festival in Reading introduced Matt Jacobs on drums. Matt is returning from a break from music since his last time on the road touring with "Uncle Mark" Jacobs in Perfect Strangers. With our regular drummer Andy Frost committed to tours abroad with acappella group The Magnets, Matt will become a familiar face on our shows in 2015.
Our line-up at "Smith & Rogers Summer Time Ball" on 22nd August featured Gary Mears on keyboards. A long-time friend of Mark Jacobs from way back in their school days, Gary has now come on board to play keyboards. Tony Ariss will continue to play with us from time to time, although his commitments to Charlie Landsborough and Louisville mean that he is no longer available full-time.
Updated 12th July 2014
JOHNNY CASH REVISITED: CONFIRMED DATES 2014
FRIDAY 18th JULY: Blakehay Theatre, Weston Super Mare
Tel: 01934 645493
SATURDAY 19th JULY: The Marvellous Festival, Risley (4pm)
Tel: 0118 977 4350
FRIDAY 15th AUGUST: Tribfest UK, Driffield (4pm)
SATURDAY 16th AUGUST: Malvern Motorhome Festival, Malvern (Evening Performance)
FRIDAY 12th SEPTEMBER: Medina Theatre, Isle of Wight
Tel: 01983 527020
SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER: The Arts Centre, Haverhill
Tel: 01440 714140
SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER: Public Halls, Harpenden
Tel: 01582 767525
SUNDAY 26th OCTOBER: Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
Tel: 0121 643 5858
THURSDAY 11th DECEMBER: Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
http://www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/ (PLEASE NOTE: Online tickets not yet available. Please call box office for details)
Tel: 01392 271808 (PLEASE NOTE: This show is a Christmas Special)
FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER: Witham Public Halls, Witham
Tel: 0845 017 8717 (local rate) (PLEASE NOTE: This show is a Christmas Special)
SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER: Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
Tel: 01329 223100 (PLEASE NOTE: This show is a Christmas Special)
Further dates to be announced soon....
Updated 8th July 2014
MEET OUR BAND "STARKVILLE CITY"
At the heart of Johnny Cash Revisited is the powerhouse band that recreate the sound of Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Three. On Lead Guitar we have Mark Jacobs, on upright & Elctric Bass there's John Standen and on drums we have Andy Frost. Although all the members of Starkville City have worked with Rick and Jodie McKay for many years, this is the first time they have all come together in the same project and it's a total blast.
Mark Jacobs joined the Rick McKay Band in 1995 and has collaborated on a number of projects with Rick since then. Mark's style is an extremely unique blend of old and new classic country sounds from the early days of Johnny Cash and George Jones to Dwight Yoakam's legendary guitar player Pete Anderson.
John Standen co-formed rockabilly trio Hot Doggin' with Rick in 2010 and shared lead vocals on their debut album "back On The Road". The two met in 1997 at the sadly missed Brymbo Country Music Festival in Wrexham. John has the ability to lock in with the drummer and create a wall of sound with lots of light and shade and a driving rhythm that is so perfect for recreating the music of Johnny Cash.
Andy Frost is known for both his excellent and versatile drumming skills, of which we take great advantage, and for his abiliy to perform amazingly realistic "beatbox" drums. Internationally known as the vocal drummer with acappella group The Magnets, Andy's history dates back to the early 90's when he performed alongside Jodie McKay in her brother Glen Mitchell's band.
Updated 14th May 2014
JOHNNY CASH REVISITED TELEVISION DEBUT
Rick and Jodie McKay with The Startkville City Band (aka Johnny Cash Revisited) will be performing in concert at The Smith & Rogers "Summer Time ball" weekend event on Friday 22nd August 2014. The event is scheduled to be filmed for TV and highlights will be shown on future editions os The Smith & Rogers Country show, which airs on Thursday evenings at 5.00pm on Sky Channel 192, Freesat 402 and Sky+1 Channel 293 at 6.00pm. For more details about this event and the Tv show go to http://www.smithandrogers.tv/
Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash and Carlene Carter are ALL in the Top 10 on the Americana Airplay Charts this week.
Updated 30th April 2014
THE JOHNNY CASH REVISTED: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Beginning this coming December Johnny Cash Revisited will be diving into the festive season with a run of "Christmas Specials". The show will still contain all the hits that Johnny Cash fans love to hear, as well as a selections of classic Christmas music that Johnny loved to perform in his own numerous Christmas special TV shows and albums. Fans of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson and others may also find a few surprises mixed in among the classic Cash tunes. What we can guarantee is that the "Johnny Cash Revisited Christmas Special" will be very different from our main shows, yet every bit as enjoyable and packed with traditional Christmas spirit and fun.
NEW DATES COMING FAST
Johnny Cash Revisited has made a quick start out of the gate with a bunch of successful shows and very positive reactions from audiences everywhere the show has played. So much so that every venue the show has had the opportunity to play so far is already in negotiations for a return visit in 2015. It's obvious that the music of Johnny Cash is as alive and as popular as it ever was with Johnny Cash's previously unreleased "Out Among The Stars" CD currently a top 10 hit album in numerous countries including the UK and in the USA's Billboard country AND pop charts.
New show dates have been added to our calendar this week and more are waiting to go up as soon as the ink dries on the paperwork. Keep an eye on our "shows" page for full details and links to the various venues and their box offices.
MORE "HANK, CASH & CLINE" SHOWS FOR RICK
With Peter John Jackson about to leave on another tour with Beatles tribute show "Let It Be" Rick will be taking over the role of Johnny Cash until further notice. ALL "Hank, Cash & Cline" shows that feature Rick will be posted on the JCR "shows" page with full details of how you can get your tickets.
Updated 5th March 2014
JOHNNY CASH - "OUT AMONG THE STARS" ALBUM PRESS LAUNCH
At the last minute BBC Radio's Steve Cherelle introduced Rick to a representative of Sony Music who promptly invited Rick to attend the launch of Johnny Cash's new CD "Out Among The Stars" at the "Bag O' Nails" club in Soho, London. The event was hosted by radio legend Bob Harris with special guest John Carter Cash. Rick had written a full account of his night on our blog page.
JOHNNY CASH REVISITED IS OFFICIALLY ON THE ROAD!
We're fresh from our first two full shows and already straining at the bit to get to the next ones which are 28th March at The Barrington Centre, Ferndown and 29th March at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford. Straight after that we have 4th April at Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill and 5th April at Cranleigh Arts Centre in Surrey. Read a full account of last weekend's shows on our blog page.
Updated 26th February 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHNNY CASH
We're all celebrating today what would have been Johnny Cash's 82nd birthday. We've spent the day rehearsing for our upcoming shows this weekend, so it's been Johnny Cash all day everyday for the last week. Our shows kick off on Friday 28th February at The Secombe Theatre in Sutton and on the following night, Saturday 1st March at Witham Public Hall, Essex, we'll also be celebrating Johnny and June's 47th Wedding Anniversary. What a week!
JCR CONFIRMED FOR TRIBFEST UK 2014
We can now confirm that Johnny Cash Revisited will be performing on Friday 15th August at Tribfest. The event is the biggest of it's kind in Europe, and possibly the world. Johnny Cash Revisited are very honoured to be the first ever Johnny Cash tribute show to perfom at the event. Full details are available on our "shows" page along with all confirmed show dates for 2014.
Updated 7th February 2014
BRFM RADIO WITH W. S. "FLUKE" HOLLAND
We would like to wish Johnny Cash a very happRick McKay has been invited to be a guest on Rockin' Dave's Rock 'n' roll Show BRFM 95.6 on Thursday 27th February at 7.00pm. Chatting on the phone with us will be none other than Johnny Cash's original Tennessee Three drummer, W.S. "Fluke" Holland! As you can imagine, Rick is very excited about the opportunity of speaking to him.
As it's a dedicated rock 'n' Roll show, Rick will be perfoming some great tracks from Johnny Cash's Sun records era live in the studio, which may even include one or two that you won't hear in the full show, so please make sure you tune in. It's not to be missed.
Rick travelled down to BRFM yesterday with Marc Robinson to promote Marc's upcoming performance of "Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party" in Sevenoaks on march 1st. Rick was there to play lead guiar with Marc, although he won't be appearing at Sevenoaks due to his previous engagement with "Johnny Cash Revisited" at Witham Public Halls on the same night.
During the show, in which Marc and DJ Rockin' Dave Norris paid tribute to Buddy, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper playing several songs live in the studio and chatting via telephone to one of Buddy's two older brothers, Larry Holley. Larry is now 88 years old and hard of hearing, but he had some nice words to say about his legendary little brother.
Here's a link to Rockin' Dave's page on Facebook for more details...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARTH BROOKS
We would like to wish Garth Brooks a very Happy Birthday and welcoming him back from his long break to be a father to his babies until they reach college age. Since announcing his return to touring he is already breaking records with his 4 sold out dates at Dublin's Croke Park Stadium and looks set to cause havok on his upcoming three year long world tour! Why are we talking about Garth Brooks on a Johnny Cash website? Well, firstly Garth is a big fan of Johnny Cash too and we here are also involved in another theatre production called "Garth Brooks: In Another's Eyes". Check it out at at http://garth-tribute.com/
Updated 1st February 2014
TENNESSEE THREE BASSIST GIVES JCR SEAL OF APPROVAL
Dave Roe, top session musician and bassist with Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Three" from 1991 to 2003 has given JCR a big thumbs up! After taking in all about the show he said "I would recommend this to anyone from old Johnny Cash fans, to newcomers who want to hear the real deal." Needless to say, we're all very happy here. You can read Dave Roe's full quote on our "Press" page.
Updated 23rd January 2014
COLOUR HOUSE THEATRE (24th January) POSTPONED!
We are sorry to announce that our very first show of 2014 has been postponed until later in the year. As yet we are unsure as to why this has happened but can assure anyone who has purchased tickets that all money will be reimbursed. Those who reserved their tickets via the venue's website were not charged at the time of booking.
Updated 2nd December 2013
ROY ORBISON & FRIENDS A "NO GO"
After much deliberation Rick has decided not to join the cast of Barry Steele's Roy Orbison and Friends in 2014. Although he has enjoyed the shows he's performed on this, the logistics of fitting dates in between his own Johnny Cash Revisited shows and those with Marc Robinson and Pure Country proved difficult to fit in.
Updated 4th November 2013
JCR LAUNCHES DUO VERSION OF SHOW
A.M. Productions and Rickord Productions have today officially announced that a new version of Johnny Cash Revisited will make its debut in January at the Colourhouse Theatre in Merton. The new version of the show features two separate performances. The first half of the show will feature Jodie and Rick in their roles as Johnny Cash and June Carter featuring many of Cash’s solo hits and the couple’s duets.
The second half of the show will feature Jodie and Rick in familiar form as the award winning duo “Pure Country”. They will perform a lively set of classic country music to suit all fans of the genre.
Jodie McKay's original role in the show was to be just one or possibly two duets but such has been the reaction to her performance that Jodie's role has been expanded to include a number of duets and also a solo spot as June Carter. Jodie has also been teaching herself to play the Autoharp, as played by June and her Mother Maybelle Carter, which will also become a feature in future shows.
updated 21st October 2013
JCR DEBUT PERFORMANCE SELLS OUT!!
Johnny Cash Revisited made it's debut performance at The Clifftown Theatre in Southend on Friday 18th October. Thanks to the support of Rick McKay's guest spot on Steve Cherelle's" Big Country Show" on BBC Essex and The Southend Echo for a full page feature, the show was a complete sell out with extra seating having to be added to accomodate the additional demand.
An enthusiastic crowd greeted the show with loud applause and needed little encouragement in singing along throughout. The audience also joined in with some role-play as "prisoners" during "San Quentin" and gave the company a much appreciated standing ovation at the end.
The show is scheduled to return to The Clifftown next year on the same date (Oct 18th) although it has not been officially confirmed at this point.
Updated 5th September 2013
CLIFFTOWN THEATRE, SOUTHEND - OCTOBER 18th 2013 - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!
Please contact the venue via their website or by calling the box office on the number below.
The Clifftown Theatre, Nelson Street, Southend On Sea, SS1 1EF
Box Office: 01702 328335 - Website: www.clifftowntheatre.co.uk
JCR at WITHAM PUBLIC HALL - MARCH 1st 2014 - TICKETS NOW ON SALE!!
Tickets available from the box office and online.
Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham CM8 2DY
Box Office: 0845 017 8717 (local rate) - Website: www.withampublichall.co.uk
Updated 15th August 2013
JCR IN THE PRESS
Johnny Cash Revisited will be featured in two of the UK's top Country Music magazines in their recent and upcoming issues. Country Music & Dance in Scotland (CMDS Magzine) featured JCR in a two page spread in their August/September issue with pictures and The Newsround, East Anglia's guide to Country and Irish music will be featuring the show with a full page and has even splashed Rick all over the front cover! Also included in both publications are full contact details for the show and other related information.
Rick and JCR would like to Thank Brigitte Strachan (Editor, CMDS) and Jayne Hanley (Editor, Newsround) for their support, as always with anything Rick has been involved in over the last few years.
To find out more about these publications or to buy a copy follows the links below...
Country Music & Dance in Scotland
The Newsround (East Anglia)
NEW SHOW DATES ADDED
Dates have been added to our diary and full details will be posted in "Shows" over the next few days.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR SOUTHEND SHOW
Tickets are now available online for JCR's show at The Clifftown Theatre & Studios, Southend. A direct link to the venue's website is available in "Shows". Tickets will also be available from the box office from the beginning of September.
Updated 31st July 2013
NEW CD NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES
Rick McKay's "A Tribute to Johnny Cash" CD is now available to by from iTunes and other leading download outlets.
NEW MAILING LIST
Please join our new mailing list to receive updates on all show dates and venues. We promise that you wil NOT be bombarded with spam or outside advertising and the information you receive will ONLY be directly related to JOHNNY CASH REVISITED. You can also be assured that we will NOT pass on your e.mail address to any third parties.
Updated 26th July 2013
Rick is proud to announce that he will be playing Sigma Guitars on tour with Johnny Cash Revisited. The company are part of Martin Guitars which Johnny Cash used throughout his entire career. Check out our links page for more information about these quality instruments.
JCR A HIT AT WELSHPOOL
Despite some unavoidable last minute changes to the band line-up, Rick's first performance as Johnny Cash with "Starkville City" on 20th July was by all accounts a huge success. Rick, with Rob Tyler on Drums, Mike Abbott on Upright Bass and Tom Levin on Lead guitar received an enthusiastic reception from the large crowd and also from fellow performers and the event organisers on a beautiful sunny day.
The Welshpool Country Music Festival I an event any country music fan should try and get to. The setting in the Welsh valleys is stunning and the crowd very friendly and full of fun. Rick says he may go back next year with his family whether he’s playing on the event or not.
Updated 19th July 2013
CLIFFTOWN THEATRE, SOUTHEND: TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Tickets for JCR's appearance at The Clifftown Theatre, Southend-On-Sea are now available online direct from the venue's website. Please follow this link to http://www.clifftowntheatre.co.uk/index.html and click "Box Office".
The Clifftown Theatre is a beautiful converted Church which also houses the E15 Acting School. This show will be JCR's debut theatre performance so we hope you'll come out and see us.
NEW DATES IN OUR DIARY
Check out our "Shows" page for information about new dates added to our diary, plus information about Rick's guest appearances in "Roy Orbison & Friends"
RICK JOINS "ROY ORBISON & FRIENDS"
From 26th October Rick McKay will be joining the cast of Barry Steele's "Roy Orbison & Friends" in the role of Johnny Cash as a guest performer on many of their shows. Rick is particularly excited about it because he is also a big Roy Orbison fan having once scoured the UK to collect a copy every 45rpm, E.P. and L.P. record "The Big O" ever released. All have since been replaced on CD since Rick sold his collection when he moved to Nashville in 1994.
RO&F dates will be listed alongside our own JCR dates with full details of venues and box office contact information.
Updated 6th June 2013
JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE CD PREVIEW NOW AVAILABLE
8 new song clips have been added to our "Audio" page. The tracks offer a preview of Rick's upcoming CD "A Tribute to Johnny Cash" which will be officially released on 4th July. Rick will be performing as Johnny Cash on that date in Marc Robinson's "Hank, Cash & Cline" show at Haverhill Arts Centre where copies of the CD will be available to buy.
Updated 1st June 2013
ROY ORBISON & FRIENDS
Rick McKay will be appearing as Johnny Cash in Barrie Steele's "Roy Orbison & Friends". Rick is also a long time fan of the Big O, and since he and Mr Cash were such close friends and neighbours, it seems like a perfect match. The show will take place at The Assembly Rooms in Derby on 26th October 2013.
JOHNNY CASH REVISITED AT WELSHPOOL
We have confirmation that JCR will be a part of the 2013 Welshpool Country Music Festival. Details in our gig guide.
Updated 8th May 2013
Rehearsals have begun for JCR and will continue over the next few weeks. Some smaller venues have expressed an interest in booking the show and so a one-man version of the show will also be made available.
Recording of a soundtrack album featuring a selection of songs from the show and a few we didn't have time to include is under way. The CD album is scheduled for completion later this month with it's official release shortly afterwards.
Updated 24th February 2013
BAND MEMBERS CONFIRMED
Band members for Johnny Cash Revisited have now been confirmed. The show's "Tennessee Three" will be, Paul Gaskin (guitar) Rob Tyler (drums) and Dean Amos (bass) All three are highly respected musicians with a wealth of experience under their belts.
Messers Tyler and Gaskin are already performing with Rick McKay as "Unforgiven", a "no holds barred" rockabilly trio with a repertoire featuring many of Rick's own compilations and carefully chosen covers given the rockabilly treatment.
Updated: February 4th 2013
JCR BOOKED FOR BREAN!!
We can confirm that Johnny Cash Revisited with a full band will be performing at Pontins Holiday Park during "Country Music Week" on October 1st 2013. We have now added a "Shows" page to our website for full details and will be adding more dates as they come in.
Updated: February 1st 2013
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE
We now have a fan page at www.facebook.com/johnnycashrevisited
Although ALL news and information will initially be posted on this site, our Facebook page is a great place to contact other fans of the show and discuss any issues about it.