If any of you readers frequent Las Vegas often, you know that at any given moment you’re bound to see something that puts you in a state of “ah.” Whether this is an intoxicated patron conducting a free sidewalk show or even a 1950′s young Elvis taking tips for a memorable, yet cherishing photo, there’s always a good show in Vegas! In any case, that’s similar to what happened to me last week in Sin City. February 22nd through the 28th was a tribute to the late musician Johnny Cash!
Mr. Johnny Cash’s heyday was a little before my time, although, you cannot pass the chance to do a good shimmy dance when you hear a good tune. Friday February 26th was Johnny Cash’s 78th birthday reunion, and I was in downtown Las Vegas where all the action was going down. As I was shoveling through the crowd of individuals who looked to be as old as my grandmother or grandfather, I came across a man and a woman who very much intrigued me to ask them a couple of questions. They go by the name of Jimmie Ray & Cyndi Cantrell, also known as Johnny Cash and June Carter!
These are two wonderful and extremely nice people who conduct a live traveling band in honor of the late Johnny Cash. Last week on the First Street Stage on Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, Jimmie and Cyndi rocked the house. Performing hit songs from the late musician Johnny Cash, the band sounded incredible! This was a little different from my average work, but to say the least, I really did enjoy the entire celebration. In the words of Jimmie Ray, “Johnny Cash made music for the common man,” and that’s exactly how this reunion made me feel. A couple of beers, a pretty lady next to me, and a little Johnny Cash playing on the tuner, what could be better? All in all this was a fabulous celebration for a great musician who affected a lot of folks’ lives, and will always be remembered throughout history.
For more information on Jimmie Ray & Cyndi Cantrell please visit http://www.johnnycashtributes.com/.
Check out my brief audio interview below with Jimmie Ray.