Following a sold out, one-night-only performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House in 2016, Daniel Thompson and Stuie French’s Johnny Cash The Concert will go national once more.
Having grown up in a musical family, Thompson was no stranger to the smooth sound of Johnny Cash.
“Both my parents were musicians and encouraged music in the home,” he said.
“I played musical instruments and was surrounded by music my entire life. Every Sunday afternoon there were band practices in my lounge room.”
Thompson was taught how to play the guitar by his father at just seven-years-old. “I had lessons for many years and started singing in my teens,” he said.
“I found my way in the industry and have never looked back.”
Australian country guitar legend and Golden Guitar Winner, Stuie French, picked up his first guitar at the age of nine.
“The first music I ever listened to – a big part of it was Johnny Cash,” he said.
The first music I ever listened to – a big part of it was Johnny Cash.Daniel Thompson
“I instantly started playing the style of guitar that Johnny Cash made famous. It’s that sort of style, as soon as you hear it, you know it’s a Cash song.”
Released in Australia on February 2, 2006, American film Walk The Line earned more than $USD12 million at the Australian box office and more than $USD180 million worldwide.
Gaining five Academy Award nominations, the movie cemented Johnny Cash as an icon of 20th Century popular culture and helped introduce his music to a new generation of fans.
French said the thing he loved most about Cash songs were their authenticity.
“The thing about Johnny Cash – and why he is still very popular – was that everything he sang about was real and honest,” he said.
“He always stuck up for the underdogs and he meant what he sang about. When he was going through his darkest times, his music reflected those times.
“People can really relate to Johnny’s music. Essentially, he sings the white mans blues.”
The concert will feature all the Cash songs as performed in the movie and on its multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning soundtrack album.
- 8pm, September 29, Rooty Hill RSL, 55 Sherbrooke St, Rooty Hill. Tickets: $40. Bookings: 9625 5500 or rootyhillrsl.com.au.