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Cash Tribute concert set for May 25 in Tracy

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POSTED May 12, 2012 1:22 a.m.

TRACY — The Johnny Cash Tribute will play at The Grand in Tracy on Friday, May 25.

For more information and tickets go to or call the box office at (209) 831-6858 or

As a teenager, James Garner met Johnny Cash backstage after a show in Northern California. James told Cash he could sing his songs. That was almost 20 years ago and Garner has been working on his Tribute to Johnny Cash ever since.

“I doubt that Cash was much interested in my remark, but after receiving a tape of his music, I was hooked” says Garner, who lives in northern California. “I began singing Cash’s songs, playing his music and started the band in 2006.”

Equally important, is the band backing Garner with the signature boom-chicka-boom sound of the Tennessee Three. Denny Colleret, Rick Duncan and Steve Hutton deliver the familiar clear and crisp sound found on every Johnny Cash record. Then there are the stories Garner recounts about Cash’s life and career, inter twined with his own anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller.

“I first heard James and his band at a winery in 2010” says John Zurflueh of Starbright Productions. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I mean his voice is just absolutely incredible and the musicians were just perfect. Having been an avid Johnny Cash fan since the ‘60’s, I knew right away this was a special group” Zurflueh goes on. “People need to know the difference between a band that covers several artists or groups vs. a band like James and his Cash Tribute. These guys are dedicated to the iconic music of Johnny Cash and it comes through big time in their performance…if ever there was anyone born to do anything, it’s James Garner singing and playing Cash songs, which explains why their audiences continue to grow.”


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