and Ring of Fire, a Tribute to Johnny Cash, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.
...Evans has been a musician for more than 50 years, making his first recorded debut with "I Lived, I Loved, and Lost" and "Midnight Special" on Brunswick when he was a teen-ager.He
had performed on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, and was a part of the New Christy Minstrels.Evans
is also in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame
was performing around Greenwich Village when he
got the chance to meet Johnny Cash at a cafe.
"I ran over there and introduced myself," Evans
said Cash really spent some time with him and encouraged him to keep writing and singing.
"That really shaped how I do my show," Evans
And a then-unknown Bob Dylan told Evans
shouldn't be singing folk songs, but country.Evans
said Dylan could hear the similarity between his voice and Cash's voice.
band carry a torch for what Cash did, creating the same feeling he
did with his
style became part of a template or guide," Evans
sound was so unique."Evans
also appreciated Cash's use of sparse instrumentation.
voice was dramatic...simple and direct and very engaging, so engaging that it was magical," Evans
said.And Cash was a strong songwriter as well, Evans said.
In 2000, Evans
formed the rockabilly combo Ring of Fire and released a self-titled tribute to Johnny Cash.
has tales behind the songs he
"I tell little stories about the songs," Evans
has a bit of a repertoire of Cash's music.
"I know 50 (Cash) songs," Evans
a really good asset to the show," Evans
really makes the guitar talk.People enjoy the father and son aspect of the show."Evans
son's guitar-playing is like a sideshow in itself.
as good as it gets," Evans
said audiences respond well to the tribute shows.
"They're really uplifted by the show," Evans
The young people, who may not have seen a Cash show, say they're glad they went to his
Aside from the local performances around California, Evans
band travel around the country about three times a month.This past weekend they were in Oklahoma.The group has performed at casinos, fairs, festivals, performing arts centers and private parties.
"Some of the trips are a long way, but they're great little venues," Evans