“Cash’d Out is rollin in to the City by the Bay for a big ol show at Slim’s. We’re bringin Kim Lenz and local fellers The B-Stars to sweeten the deal. Git yer tix HERE – it’s 15 bucks to get in and for 39.95 ya git dinner and the show! Can’t beat that bill or the price! See yall at Slims!” – Cash’d Out
Over the past couple of decades, tribute bands have become big business in the world of concert promotion. And, not surprisingly, the more popular ones are the acts that are most authentic. Such is the case with Cash’d Out, a San Diego based band, that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets.
How can you tell?
Well, beyond critics having anointed Cash’d Out (Douglas Benson on vocals, Kevin Manuel on guitar, Ryan Thomas on bass and George Bernardo on drums) the “next best thing to Johnny Cash,” and the group having won four San Diego Music Awards for Best Tribute Band, the real proof lies in what members of Cash’s inner circle have said.
“Cindy Cash came to a show, we made her cry and she gave me a necklace with Johnny’s hair in a glass locket,” explains front man and Cash impersonator Douglas Benson. Benson added that Cash producer Lou Robin has also been to several Cash’d Out shows, and claimed that if he closed it eyes it was like “going back in time.”
Once the only tribute band endorsed by the official Johnny Cash web page, JohnnyCash.com, Cash’d Out has played to over 1.2 million fans since forming in 2005. And those fans continually tell the group how grateful they are that Cash’d Out continues to bring back memories of loved ones who once raised them on the music of Johnny Cash. www.cashdout.com
Kim Lenz exploded onto the rockabilly scene with her debut, Kim Lenz & Her Jaguars in 1998. Being the only female fronting an authentic 1950s-style rockabilly band at the time, Lenz immediately became a critics’ darling and a high demand for nightclubs and festivals from Viva Las Vegas to the High Rock-A-Billy festival in Barcelona, Spain. With the release of 1999’s The One and Only, Rick Anderson of AllMusic.com declared, “Kim Lenz is the sexiest thing to happen to rockabilly music since Elvis Presley.” With high energy, creative songwriting, vocal pipes that’ll blow you away and a cute Jaguar or two backing her up, Kim’s performances guarantee a good time for all. www.kimlenz.com
The B-Stars are a San Francisco-based country band that stirs up a hearty stew of honky tonk and hillbilly hits for your listening and dancing pleasure. With nods to the country and western stars of the late 1940s and 1950s, these sharp-suited boys will be singin’ and swingin’ ‘til the break of dawn. www.thebstars.com