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Johnny Cash tribute concert at Emma Kelly Theater
01.09 Bill Dewey
Bill Dewey - photo by Photo provided

Since the release of the smash-hit film “Walk the Line” there has been a tremendous renewal of interest in the music of The Man in Black – Johnny Cash.


Cash was a true international star who, together with his wife, June Carter Cash, touched millions of lives across the globe during their over 50 year musical career. Cash’s music was unequivocally country yet unexplainably universal. He enjoyed unprecedented popularity with fans of country, rock and roll, blues, rockabilly, gospel and folk music. Cash experienced a renewal of popularity in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with young indie and alternative rock music fans.


Today you have the opportunity to relive favorite memories of Cash tunes in a tribute performance at the Emma Kelly Theater. Both fans who have grown up listening to Johnny and June and fans who have recently discovered their music will thoroughly enjoy Bill Dewey’s tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time.


By age 3, Dewey had memorized some Cash numbers and worn out several play guitars pretending to be the legendary great. By high school, Dewey was “pickin’ and playin’” for audiences in his Midwestern hometown. After graduation, his band was booked nearly every weekend at clubs, fairs, private functions and parades throughout the Midwest region.


After moving to Nashville, Dewey was lucky enough to meet his musical icon and actually became friends with Cash and the family. He has used Cash’s own guitars in performances and has performed Cash / Carter duets with Roseanne Cash.


Dewey’s tribute performances have taken him across the United States, Canada, Great Britain and many countries in Europe. Cash fans are universally delighted with Dewey’s performances. 


Dewey’s musical tribute to Cash’s style is uncanny. Close your eyes, you might swear you are listening to the Man in Black himself.


The concert, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank, is Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Emma Kelly Theater. Tickets are $26 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Tickets are available through the Box Office, Tuesday–Friday from 1–5:30 p.m. Call (912) 212-2787 for more information.