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Updated 14th January 2015
OUR GUESTBOOK IS BACK!!
We'd like to invite you all to sign our guestbook, especially if you were one of the many who came out to see Johnny Cash Revisited in 2014. Our guestbook was taken down during the year due to a few problems with hacking, but it's back now and we'd love to hear from you.
We've left our previous comments up and we've also now added a page of quotes we've picked up around the internet and on social media sites etc.. We hope you enjoy reading them and maybe you'll add to them too.
Click on the image to sign our Guestbook...
Updated 7th January 2015
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
"FLUKE" HOLLAND TO PLAY UK DATES WITH JCR
He's been called "The Father of the drums" and was Johnny Cash's one and ONLY drummer. He played on Carl Perkins' original Sun recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" and also on Carl Mann's 'Mona Lisa", "Pretend" and numerous other classic rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and country recordings. He was the first drummer to play on the "Grand Ole Opry" and now we can proudly say that he will be honouring us by joing Johnny Cash Revisited on stage. Along with his manager and fellow "W. S. Holland Band" member Ron Haney, "Fluke" will be coming to the UK to play selected dates, the full details of which will be announced at a later date.
Updated 27th November 2014
2015 SHOW DATES ANNOUNCED
With our three day run of Christmas Specials just 2 weeks away we are already being bombarded with requests for next year's dates. Well, the wait is over. Here is a list of confirmed dates for the first half of 2015 with more to follow in the coming weeks and also for the second half of the year. A full list of confirmed 2015 dates is available on our Show Dates page. There will be no shows in January or February due to most theatres being tied up with "Panto Season", but you can always find out what Rick, Jodie and Starkville City are doing over the winter break by visiting Rick's personal website at www.rickmckay.org
Updated 28th October 2014
GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS
We've reached the end of our regular show dates for 2014 and Rick, Jodie and Starkville City are now hard at work re-vamping the show and adding some new songs for our Johnny Cash Revisited Christmas Specials in December. We have three booked for this year and planning to have a longer run in 2015. This year's dates are Thursday 11th December at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter, Friday 12th December at Witham Public Halls and Saturday 13th December at The Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham. Full details of all venues, addresses, show times and ticket information links are available from our tour dates page.
Updated 10th October 2014
JCR's TELEVISION DEBUT
On Thursday 25th September Johnny Cash Revisited was featured on The Smith and Rogrs Country Show, which airs every Thursday evening at 5.00pm on Sky channel 192, Freesat 402 and Sky=1 channel 293. No less than 6 songs taken from JCR's recent appearance at the TV show's "Summer Time Ball" event were included as well as an interview with Rick, Jodie and Starkville City. The general response from those who watched the show has been very positive and it has also led to a number of enquiries from venues inviting JCR to come and play at their events. Further footage has been show during the last few weeks.
We are currently talking to OGR Media, who produce The Smith and Rogers Country show, about adding some of their video footage to our website. Although we're unsure as to when this may happen, we are assured that it won't be a problem. Rick, Jodie and Starkville City would like to thank Henry, Glenn, Sammy, Nikki and all at OGR Media for their help and support in bringing JCR to television.
Click on the image above and select SHOW 43 to watch the entire show.
ROCKABILLY SPIN-OFF SHOW
Johnny Cash Revisited was recently confirmed as one of many acts to appear at The Rock 'n' Roll Shakedown on 17th July 2015. (full details on our tour dates page) As this weekend event is geared towards the 50's, Rick McKay & Starkville City will be adding a few more of Johnny Cash's classic songs from his time at Sun Records to their repertoire. The set list, which will include some more obscure tunes such as, Straight A's in Love, Katy Too, Country Boy and Train Of Love is looking so good that it is now being developed into a into a spin-off show called The Sun of Johnny Cash, which will play additional dates in 2015.
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.
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