The "Man in Black" is back when Baxter
and Taylor Clement present A Musical Tribute to Johnny Cash.
The tribute is an impersonation concert featuring Baxter Clement
as Cash; his wife, Taylor, as June Carter; and local area musicians as The Tennessee Three and the Carter Sisters.
Baxter, a Southern Pines musician and entertainer, is well-known in his own right.
In 2008, he
played the part of Buddy Holly in "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," which toured in four Southeastern states.
Clement is a serious musician, having invested two decades as a student, practitioner and teacher of music.
In high school, he
was admitted into the elite North Carolina School of the Arts, and after graduation, he
received a -bachelor's degree in music from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.
moved to New York City, where he
achieved success in the band "The Blondes Inc.
"I never could quite beat that ol' guy," Clement
As a loyal fan of Cash, Baxter
is OK with coming in behind the singer.
"Ever since I was hired to do Buddy Holly, this is the show I've been wanting to do," Clement
This year, the year Cash would have turned 80, seemed a good time to Clement
to make the tribute happen.
was a kid himself, he
met Cash in person.
Cash's grandson graduated with Baxter
, so Baxter
approached the music legend and told him he
had been a big influence on him.